Jacques Paul Klein
Mr. Klein is a lecturer, writer and consultant on foreign affairs. From 2005 to 2006, he was the Frederick Schultz Visiting Lecturer in International Affairs and Visiting Professor of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs From 2003 until 2005 he served as the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Representative and Coordinator of United Nations Operations in Liberia with the rank of Under- Secretary- General. He previously served as Special Representative and Coordinator of United Nations Operations in Bosnia and Herzegovina; Principal Deputy High Representative in the Office of the High Representative in Sarajevo; and United Nations Transitional Administrator for Eastern Slavonia, Baranja and Western Sirmium in Croatia.
Ambassador Klein was a career member of the Senior Foreign Service of the United States with the rank of Minister Counselor. He served seven diplomatic postings abroad and three tours in the Department of State. He is also a retired Major General of the United States Air Force.
Mr. Klein received his Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees in History from Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois and has done Post-Graduate work in International Politics at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
In recognition of his service to peace, he was awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Law by Elmhurst University, the Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa, by Roosevelt University, and an Honorary Doctorate, Honoris Causa, from Josip Juraj Strossmayer University in Croatia. In 2010 he was awarded the International Marcel Rudloff Prize at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, for “service de la defense de l’esprit de tolerance,” and In 2011 the Distinguished Leadership Award by the Evandeoski Teoloski Fakultat in Osijek, Croatia for, “being a transformational leader who demonstrated clarity of vision, moral conviction and the political will while championing human rights in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Liberia.” In 2019 DACOR awarded him it’s Foreign Service Cup for his commitment to international understanding and reconciliation.
Ambassador Klein is a member of the Comite d’Honneur of Academie d’Alsace, the Council on Foreign Relations, DACOR, the American Academy of Diplomacy, the Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs as well as the COSMOS Club, the Army and Navy Club of Washington, D.C. and the Princeton Club of New York. He is married to Dr. Margrete Siebert Klein and has two children, Christian and Maia, and four grandchildren.