Thomas C. Krajeski
Thomas C. Krajeski served in the U.S. Foreign Service for more than 36 years. His final assignment was Senior Advisor for Partner Engagement on Foreign Fighters in the Bureau of Counterterrorism at the State Department in 2015.
He was the Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain from October 30th, 2011 until December 20, 2014.
Krajeski was the Senior Vice President of the National Defense University (NDU) from 2009-2011. He oversaw NDU’s international programs and provided foreign policy perspective and advice to the University community. Krajeski served at the US Embassy in Baghdad as the Senior Advisor to the Ambassador on Northern Iraq Affairs in 2008-09. In 2007-08, he was the Director of Career Development and Assignments for the State Department in Washington.
On July 30, 2004, he was sworn in as the American Ambassador to the Republic of Yemen where he served as the Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa until July 4, 2007. From 2001 to 2004, Krajeski was the Deputy Director, and subsequently, the Director of the Office of Northern Gulf Affairs (Iran and Iraq) in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. From July to October 2003, Krajeski served as a political advisor on Ambassador L. Paul Bremer’s staff at The Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) in Baghdad.
Since entering the Foreign Service in June 1979, Krajeski served also in Nepal, India, Poland, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates. His Washington assignments include the India Desk and the Operations Center.
Krajeski received the President’s Distinguished Service Award in 2007 for his service in Iraq and Yemen. The State Department has awarded him five Superior Honor Awards.
Krajeski studied Russian language and literature at the University of Massachusetts and at the University of North Carolina. He is married to Bonnie Palder Krajeski, a math teacher. They have three children and three grandchildren.
In 2015, Amb. Krajeski assumed the role of Senior Advisor for Partner Engagement on Syria Foreign Fighters.