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Daniel Fried

Retired US Diplomat, Weiser Family Distinguished Fellow at the Atlantic Council, Board of Directors, National Endowment for Democracy

Ambassador Dan Fried is currently a Weiser Family Distinguished Fellow at the Atlantic Council and serves on the Board of Directors of the National Endowment for Democracy and a Visiting Professor at Warsaw University. In the course of his forty-year Foreign Service career, Amb Fried played a key role in designing and implementing American policy in Europe after the fall of the Soviet Union.  As Special Assistant and NSC Senior Director for Presidents Clinton and Bush, Ambassador to Poland, and Assistant Secretary of State for Europe (2005-09), Amb Fried helped craft the policy of NATO enlargement to Central European nations and NATO-Russia relations, thus advancing the goal of Europe whole, free, and at peace. Amb Fried helped lead the West’s response to Moscow’s aggression against Ukraine starting in 2014:  as State Department Coordinator for Sanctions Policy, he crafted US sanctions against Russia, the largest US sanctions program to date, and negotiated the imposition of similar sanctions by Europe, Canada, Japan and Australia. As Polish Desk Officer in the late 1980s, Amb Fried was one of the first in Washington to recognise the impending collapse of Communism in Poland, and helped develop the immediate response of the George HW Bush Administration. Amb Fried also served as the State Department’s first Special Envoy for the Closure of the Guantanamo (GTMO) Detainee Facility.
Updated: March 31, 2022



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