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J. Brian

J. Brian Atwood is the Senior Fellow for International Studies and Public Affairs at the Thomas Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University.

Atwood served for six years as Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) during the Administration of President William Clinton. In the Clinton Administration, Atwood led the transition team at the State Department and was Under Secretary of State for Management prior to his appointment as head of USAID.

In 2001, Atwood served on UN Secretary General Kofi Annan’s Panel on Peace Operations. He joined the Foreign Service in 1966 and served in the American Embassies in Cote d’Ivoire and Spain. He served as legislative advisor for foreign and defense policy to Senator Thomas F. Eagleton (D-Mo) from 1972 to 1977.

During the Carter Administration Atwood served as Assistant Secretary of State for Congressional Relations.

He was Dean of Professional Studies and Academic Affairs at the Foreign Service Institute in 1981-82.

Atwood was the first President of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) from 1986 to 1993.

Atwood received the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Award in 1999.

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