James Dobbins

Director, RAND International Security and Defense Policy Center

James Dobbins is director of RAND’s International Security and Defense Policy Center. He has held State Department and White House posts including assistant secretary of state for Europe, special assistant to the president for the Western Hemisphere, special advisor to the president and secretary of state for the Balkans, and ambassador to the European Community. He has handled a variety of crisis management assignments as the Clinton administration’s special envoy for Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, and Kosovo. Following September 11, 2001, Dobbins was designated as the Bush administration’s first special envoy for Afghanistan. Dobbins helped organize and then represented the United States at the Bonn Conference where a new Afghan government was formed. On Dec. 16, 2001, he raised the flag over the newly reopened US Embassy in Kabul. He is lead author of the three-volume RAND History of Nation Building and Occupying Iraq: A History of the Coalition Provisional Authority.

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