Marc Grossman

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Marc Grossman
Marc Grossman US State Department portrait.jpg
US State Department portrait, c. 2011
2nd United States Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan
In office
February 22, 2011 – December 14, 2012
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Richard Holbrooke
Succeeded by James Dobbins
18th Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs
In office
March 26, 2001 – February 25, 2005
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Thomas R. Pickering
Succeeded by R. Nicholas Burns
Assistant Secretary of State for European and Canadian Affairs
In office
August 5, 1997 – May 31, 2000
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by John C. Kornblum
Succeeded by A. Elizabeth Jones
United States Ambassador to Turkey
In office
January 3, 1995 – June 1, 1997
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by Richard Clark Barkley
Succeeded by Mark Robert Parris
Personal details
Born Mark Isaiah Grossman
(1951-09-23) September 23, 1951 (age 66)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Nationality American
Spouse(s) Mildred Anne Patterson (m. 1982)
Children 1
Education University of California, Santa Barbara (B.A. 1973)
London School of Economics (M.Sc. 1974)

Marc Isaiah Grossman (born September 23, 1951) is an American former diplomat and government official. He served as United States Ambassador to Turkey, Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs, and Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. He was most recently the United States Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan and is currently a Vice Chairman of The Cohen Group, a business consulting and lobbyist firm of former Defense Secretary William Cohen, and a member of the German Marshall Fund board of trustees.[1][2][3][4]

Early life and education[edit]

Grossman was born in Los Angeles, California on September 23, 1951.[5] He attended the University of California, Santa Barbara and graduated in 1973 with a B.A. in political science.[1][5] He later received an M.Sc. in international relations from the London School of Economics.[1][5]

Diplomatic career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Grossman served at the United States Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, from 1976 to 1983.[citation needed] He served as the Deputy Director of the Private Law Office of Peter Carington, 6th Baron Carrington, Secretary General of NATO, from 1983 to 1986.[citation needed] Grossman served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the United States Embassy in Ankara, Turkey from 1989 to 1992.[citation needed] From 1993 to 1994, Grossman managed operations for senior State Department leadership as Executive Secretary of the State Department and Special Assistant to the Secretary of State.[citation needed]

Ambassador to Turkey[edit]

Grossman returned to Turkey after being appointed United States Ambassador to Turkey on September 29, 1994. He began his role on January 3, 1995 and left the post on June 1, 1997.

Assistant Secretary of State for European and Canadian Affairs[edit]

Grossman served as Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs from 1997 to 2000 and was responsible for over 4,000 State Department employees posted in 50 sites abroad with a program budget of $1.2 billion.[citation needed] He played a lead role in orchestrating NATO's 1999 Washington summit, marking the group's 50th anniversary, and helped direct U.S. participation in NATO’s military campaign in Kosovo that same year.[citation needed] While he entered office as the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Canadian Affairs, the title of the position was changed to Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs on January 12, 1999.

Director General of the Foreign Service[edit]

From 2000 to 2001, Grossman served as the Director General of the United States Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources. At the direction of the Secretary of State, he revamped the State Department's human resource strategies, including the Department's strategies for training, assigning, and retaining personnel both at home and abroad.

Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs[edit]

Grossman was appointed Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, the Department's third-ranking official, in March 2001.[6] In 2004, Grossman attained the Foreign Service's highest rank when the President appointed him to the rank of Career Ambassador. He received the Secretary of State's Secretary's Distinguished Service Award the following year. Grossman served as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs until his initial retirement in 2005.

Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan[edit]

Grossman was lured out of retirement by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to become the United States Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, an appointment he received following the death of the first Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke.[1][2][7] He began his role on February 22, 2011 and concluded his tenure on December 14, 2012.[8]

Private sector career[edit]

In January 2005 Grossman resigned from his position and joined The Cohen Group. Grossman serves as Vice Chairman of the Cohen Group.[9] The Cohen Group has close ties to the Turkish military and represents some of the US’s largest weapons manufacturers, companies that stand to benefit from weapons sales: Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics and Sikorsky Aircraft among others, and their list of clients includes controversial companies such as DynCorp International, a major national security contractor with the US government, charging billions for overseas military and police training. Through their strategic partnership with DLA Piper, the Cohen group also serves foreign clients such as the Turkish government and business interest groups, United Arab Emirates, India and Australia’s scandalous AWB.[10][11] In late 2005, Grossman also joined Ihlas Holding, a Gülen-linked Turkish conglomerate which is also active in several Central Asian countries. Grossman is reported to receive $100,000 per month for his advisory position with Ihlas.[12][13]

Until 2015, he served as the inaugural Chair of the Board of Advisors of the Master of Science in Foreign Service Program at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where he serves as a practitioner faculty member.[14] He is a member of the advisory board for DC based non-profit America Abroad Media.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Grossman married Mildred Anne Patterson in May 1982.[5][16] The couple had their first date on November 3, 1979, one day prior to the Iran hostage crisis.[16] They have an adopted daughter, Anne, who was born in Giresun, Turkey.[5][16] Grossman speaks French and Turkish in addition to English.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "The Cohen Group biography". The Cohen Group. Archived from the original on February 18, 2015. Retrieved February 18, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "US Department of State biography". Archived from the original on April 11, 2012. Retrieved 2011-07-04. 
  3. ^ "Team". http://www.cohengroup.net. Retrieved September 24, 2015.  External link in |website= (help)
  4. ^ "Board of Trustees". http://www.gmfus.org. Retrieved September 24, 2015.  External link in |website= (help)
  5. ^ a b c d e f "PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES MARC GROSSMAN AS AMBASSADOR TO TURKEY". http://clinton6.nara.gov/. The White House Office of the Press Secretary. September 12, 1994. Retrieved February 18, 2015.  External link in |website= (help)
  6. ^ "Marc Isaiah Grossman (1951–)". 
  7. ^ Landler, Mark (February 14, 2011). "Pakistan and Afghanistan to Get New U.S. Envoy". The New York Times. New York City. Retrieved February 18, 2015. 
  8. ^ DeYoung, Karen (November 27, 2012). "Marc Grossman resigning Afghan-Pakistan post". The Washington Post. Washington, D.C. Retrieved February 18, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Expertise:". The Cohen Group. Archived from the original on 2014-04-05. Retrieved 2014-06-05. 
  10. ^ David Hilzenrath: From Public Life to Private Business, Washington Post, 28 May 2006
  11. ^ Ken Silverstein: Lost in the Valley of the Wolves, Harper's Magazine, November of 2006
  12. ^ Eski büyükelçi İhlas'a transfer, Sabah, 1 September 2005
  13. ^ Bank Asya İhlas savaşı, Odatv, 5 Februar 2014
  14. ^ "Marc I Grossman". Explore.georgetown.edu. Retrieved 2014-06-05. 
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-07-16. Retrieved 2014-06-16. 
  16. ^ a b c Patterson, Mildred Anne (May 6, 2003). "The Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training Foreign Affairs Oral History Project - MILDRED A. PATTERSON" (Interview). Interview with Charles Stuart Kennedy. Archived from the original on February 18, 2015. Retrieved February 18, 2015.  line feed character in |title= at position 52 (help)

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Richard Clark Barkley
United States Ambassador to Turkey
January 3, 1995 – June 1, 1997
Succeeded by
Mark Robert Parris
Government offices
Preceded by
John C. Kornblum
Assistant Secretary of State for European and Canadian Affairs
August 5, 1997 – May 31, 2000
Succeeded by
A. Elizabeth Jones
Preceded by
Thomas R. Pickering
Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs
March 26, 2001 – February 25, 2005
Succeeded by
R. Nicholas Burns