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Brown Bag Lunch Series
American Jewish Committee (AJC),
The American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists and
the JCRC of Greater Washington
invite you to the next session in our brown bag lunch speakers’ series:
How U.S. Policies and Tactics Have Changed
as the Nature of Terrorist Threats Have Changed
Michael Kraft and Ambassador Edward Marks,
Authors of U.S. Counterterrorism From Nixon to Trump
Please bring a brown bag lunch; chips, cookies, and drinks will be provided.
For more information about this and future lunch discussions, please contact Claudia Whitley or 202-728-3030.
About the Speakers:
Kraft is a Washington-based
counterterrorism consultant, writer and editor with more than 30 years of
experience working on terrorism issues in the State Department, Congress and
the private sector. After retiring as a senior advisor in the State
Department Counterterrorism Office, he worked on counterterrorism issues at the
National Defense University Africa Center for Strategic Studies. Before joining the State
Department, Mr. Kraft served 10 years on Congressional staff, as staff director
of the Senate Foreign Relations Middle East Subcommittee and as a national
security legislative assistant to two members of Congress. He co-authored with Ambassador Marks “U.S.
Government Counterterrorism: A Guide to Who Does What.” It described
for the first time the many unclassified USG counterterrorism programs. He
also co-authored with Prof. Yonah Alexander a major counterterrorism reference
book, The Evolution of U.S. Counterterrorism Policy (2008). He is
a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he was a senior editor on the
Ambassador Edward Marks was appointed into the Foreign Service in 1956 with early assignments in Kenya, Mexico, Angola, Zambia, Belgium, and Zaire. In 1976, he was appointed Chief of Mission to the Republics of Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde. Returning to Washington in 1980, he attended the National War College, after which he moved to the Department of State as the deputy coordinator for counterterrorism. Since retiring as a senior foreign service officer in 1995, he has engaged in consulting, lecturing, and writing, primarily on terrorism, interagency coordination, United Nations affairs, and complex international emergencies. Ambassador Marks was recalled to active duty in 2002–2005 to serve as the Department of State’s advisor on terrorism to the U.S. Pacific Command and has also served, among other things, as senior advisor to the Project on National Security Reform (2008–2009). Ambassador Marks attended high school in Detroit, Michigan, and graduated from the Universities of Michigan (BA in Political Science, 1956), Oklahoma (MA in Economics, 1976), and the National War College (1981).