Earl Anthony Wayne
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Global Business & Economics
TopicsDevelopment, Diplomacy, Terrorism
RegionsAfghanistan, Argentina, Europe, European Union, Mexico
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October 01, 2018The new trade agreement between the United States, Canada, and Mexico “modernizes” the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and lifts a cloud of uncertainty that has lingered over the past several months, according to Earl Anthony Wayne, a nonresident…
August 28, 2018On August 27, US President Donald J. Trump and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announced an initial agreement on a new bilateral trade relationship. The negotiations were initially intended to be a start for wider conversations on the North American…
August 14, 2018Momentum is building regarding the trade truce and work plan announced by the United States and the European Union in the July 25 US-EU Joint Statement. US President Donald J. Trump and European Commission President Jean-Claude Junker gave special attention…
August 06, 2018On July 25, the European Union and the United States took an important step in de-escalating the threat of a trade war by agreeing to not only begin walking back US tariffs on European steel and aluminum and Europe’s retaliatory…
July 30, 2018
From 2011 through July 2015, Wayne served as the US ambassador to Mexico. During his tenure, Mission Mexico helped establish the US-Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue, the Mexico-US Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council, and new energy and environmental dialogues, while trade, investment, and tourism grew. Through the Merida Initiative and bilateral coordination efforts, law enforcement, security, defense, border, and consular cooperation improved; and military-to-military cooperation reached new levels. Wayne received Mexico’s Order of the Aztec Eagle and the State Department’s Cobb Award for Initiative and Success in Trade Development.
From 2009 to 2011, Wayne served in Kabul, Afghanistan, as coordinating director for development and economic affairs and then as deputy US ambassador. Wayne received a Presidential Meritorious Service Award, a Secretary of Defense Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service, and the State Department’s Cordell Hull Award for Economic Achievement.
From 2006 to 2009, Wayne served as the US ambassador to Argentina, where he promoted US commercial interests, improved the US image in the face of strong anti-Americanism, and strengthened cooperation against terrorism and human and drug trafficking. He received the Paul Wellstone Anti-Slavery Ambassador of the Year Award. From 2000 to 2006, Wayne worked for three Secretaries of State as assistant secretary of state for economic and business affairs (EB). EB played a lead role in organizing major international donor and reconstruction conferences. Wayne and his team built international coalitions to block money flow to terrorists, and collaborated to place terrorists and their financiers under UN and US sanctions. His team helped steer negotiations of debt relief and economic reform and supported US companies in commercial disputes. The longest serving EB assistant secretary, he received a State Department Distinguished Honor Award and a Presidential Meritorious Service Award. From 1996 to 2000, Wayne served as principal deputy assistant secretary of state for european affairs and as deputy assistant secretary for Europe and Canada. He promoted relations with the European Union and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). He played a key role in building G8 consensus on the situation surrounding Kosovo and in organizing the 1999 Stability Pact Summit in Sarajevo, for which he received a Presidential Distinguished Service Award.
Wayne has an MPA from the JFK School of Government, Harvard University; an MA from Princeton University; an MA from Stanford University; and a BA from the University of California, Berkeley.