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Ambassador Peter W. Galbraith

Senior Diplomatic Fellow

Ambassador Peter W. Galbraith is the Senior Diplomatic Fellow at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation where his work focuses on Iraq, the greater Middle East, and conflict resolution and post-conflict reconstruction, specifically in the Balkans, Indonesia, Iraq, India/Pakistan, and Southeast Asia.

Prior to joining the Center, Galbraith was a professor of National Security Strategy at the National War College. He has held senior positions in the United States government and with the United Nations. From 1979 to 1993, Galbraith was a senior advisor on Near East and South Asia and international organizations to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. From 1993 to 1998, he served as U.S. Ambassador to Croatia where he was actively involved in the Croatia and Bosnia peace processes. In 1995, he helped mediate the Erdut Agreement that ended the war in Croatia by providing for peaceful reintegration of Serb-held Eastern Slavonia into Croatia. From 2000 to 2001, Galbraith was Director for Political, Constitutional, and Electoral Affairs at the U.N. Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET). He also served as a Cabinet Member for Political Affairs and the Timor Sea in the First Transitional Government of East Timor.

Galbraith has authored numerous books, including The End of Iraq (2006). He is the author of published Foreign Relations Committee reports on ethnic cleansing in Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Iran-Iraq War, the Iraqi Kurds, nuclear proliferation in South Asia, and the Cambodian famine.

Galbraith holds an A.B. from Harvard College, an M.A. from Oxford University, and a J.D. from Georgetown University.

Peter in the News

Aug 8, 2014

Newsweek Story on Iraq Quotes Amb. Peter Galbraith

The United States will break with the Iraqi government of Nouri a-l-Maliki this weekend and provide heavy weapons to the lightly armed forces of the Kurds, who are fighting to defend their capital, Erbil, against the Islamic State terrorist army.

Feb 18, 2014

Bloomberg Story on International Nuclear Deal with Iran Quotes Amb. Galbraith & Gen. Gard

What’s often overlooked in all the talk about the U.S. and Iranian positions, “is that there are six countries negotiating with Iran, not just the U.S.,” he said. While “we have been able surprisingly to get the Chinese and Russians to go along with stringent sanctions so far,” if Congress took actions that prompted the Iranians to walk away, blame would fall on the U.S., according to Gard.

Feb 14, 2014

U.S. News & World Report Story on Iranian Navy & Nuclear Talks Quotes Amb. Galbraith & Gen. Gard

“Frankly, I find it somewhat amusing that Iran is doing this,” Galbraith added. “These aren’t a threat. I think it’s a waste of fuel to make the trip.”

Feb 14, 2014

Lobe Log Story on Negative Military Alternatives with Iran Quotes Center Staff

“Diplomacy is so much cheaper than using the military instrument,” said ambassador Peter Galbraith, who has been heavily involved in peace negotiations for more than two decades, on a call today hosted by the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation.

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