Lorne Craner

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Lorne Craner
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Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
In office
June 4, 2001 – July 31, 2004
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Harold Hongju Koh
Succeeded by Barry Lowenkron
Personal details
Political party Republican
Education Reed College,
Georgetown University
Occupation Executive Director of the Atlantic Partnership

Lorne Craner, an American foreign policy expert, is Executive Director of the Atlantic Partnership and consults on international political risk issues. He has served in key diplomatic and policymaking roles in three administrations and twice as President of a major non-governmental organisation.

Life and Career[edit]

Craner was born at Bitburg Air Force Base in Germany. He attended University College School in London and graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy.[1] Craner received a BA from Reed College [2] and an MA in National Security Studies from Georgetown University.[3] His father Robert, a US Air Force pilot, received three Silver Stars as a pilot and prisoner of war in Vietnam[4] and his mother Audrey was awarded graduate degrees from the Fletcher School and Georgetown University.

In the 1980s Craner worked on foreign policy issues in the US House of Representatives for Congressman Jim Kolbe and in the Senate for Senator John McCain.[5] In 1989 he became a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs[6] and in 1992 a Director of Asian Affairs at the White House National Security Council in the George HW Bush administration.[7] From 1993-2001 he was Vice President, then President of the International Republican Institute (IRI) a democracy assistance NGO.[8] He returned to government as Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor under Secretary of State Colin Powell. His work in the Middle East, Central Asia and China after the 9/11 attacks drew praise from President Bush[9] Amnesty International[10] and Human Rights Watch[11] and Craner received the State Department’s Distinguished Service Award from Secretary Powell.[12] Craner returned to the IRI as President from 2004-2014.[13] He also served two terms as a Board member of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, including during President Barack Obama’s administration. [14]


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  2. ^ http://www.reed.edu/reed_magazine/summer2008/index.html.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ http://sfs.georgetown.edu/prominent-alumni/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ http://www.veterantributes.org/TributeDetail.php?recordID=334.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/the-press-office/2012/09/12/president-obama-announces-more-key-administration-posts-0.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/washingtonpost/doc/307163451.html?FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&date=Jul+5%2C+1989&author=Schwartz%2C+Maralee%7C%7C%7C%7C%7C%7CDevroy%2C+Ann&desc=Bush+Campaign+Aide+To+Head+State+Dept.+Legislative+Team.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ https://georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov/news/releases/2001/03/20010323-2.html.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ https://2001-2009.state.gov/outofdate/bios/c/3404.htm.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ (PDF) https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/PPP-2005-book1/pdf/PPP-2005-book1-doc-pg817.pdf.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2004/aug/19/20040819-111616-4435r/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. ^ http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/washingtonpost/doc/409589483.html?FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&date=Oct+28%2C+2003&author=Slevin%2C+Peter&pub=The+Washington+Post&edition=&startpage=A.21&desc=Seeing+Mideast+Democracy+As+More+Than+%27Pie+in+the+Sky%27.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ https://www.mcc.gov/news-and-events/release/release-062607-ala.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  13. ^ http://www.iri.org/resource/iri-announces-lorne-w-craner-returns-president.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  14. ^ https://www.mcc.gov/news-and-events/release/release-01312013-boardofdirectors.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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Government offices
Preceded by
Harold Hongju Koh
Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
June 4, 2001 – July 31, 2004
Succeeded by
Barry Lowenkron