John E. Herbst
Director, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center
TopicsInternational Security, Middle East Security, NATO and its Partners, US Foreign Policy, US-Afghanistan Relations
RegionsCentral Asia, Eurasia, Israel, Middle East, Palestine, Russia, Ukraine
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August 03, 2015Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center Director John Herbst and Energy and Economic Summit Director Defne Arslan join Turkish news outlet CNBC-E to discuss current geopolitical and economic challenges in Turkey ahead of this year's Atlantic Council Energy and Economic Summit:
July 26, 2015Defense News quotes Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center Director John E. Herbst on the challenges the Ukrainian military faces in its quest to modernize its Soviet era forces:
July 14, 2015Ukraine made headlines again when a nationalist group and police in the western city of Mukachevo exchanged gunfire that killed three on June 11. A group of 21 armed members of Right Sector seized a sports complex owned by Member…
July 14, 2015The Huffington Post quotes Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center Director John Herbst on the relative threats posed by Russia and ISIS:
July 13, 2015Read the Report (PDF) Report in Russian (PDF)Russia is at war with Ukraine. Russian citizens and soldiers are fighting and dying in a war of their government's own making. Russian President Vladimir Putin continues to deny Russian involvement in…
Ambassador Herbst served for thirty-one years as a Foreign Service Officer in the US Department of State, retiring at the rank of Career-Minister. He was US Ambassador to Ukraine from 2003 to 2006, when he worked to enhance US-Ukrainian relations, help ensure the conduct of a fair Ukrainian presidential election, and prevent violence during the Orange Revolution. Prior to that, he was Ambassador to Uzbekistan (2000-03), where he played a critical role in the establishment of an American base to help conduct Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. He also promoted improved US-Uzbek relations, in part by encouraging the government in Tashkent to improve its human rights record.
In his last four years at the State Department, he served as the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization, leading the US government's civilian capacity in societies in transition from conflict or civil strife, and to provide support to countries at risk of instability. He oversaw the establishment of the Civilian Response Corps of the United States, the US civilian rapid response force for reconstruction and stabilization operations overseas.
Ambassador Herbst previously served as US Consul General in Jerusalem; Principal Deputy to the Ambassador-at-Large for the Newly Independent States; the Director of the Office of Independent States and Commonwealth Affairs; Director of Regional Affairs in the Near East Bureau; and at the embassies in Tel Aviv, Moscow, and Saudi Arabia.
He most recently served as Director of the Center for Complex Operations at National Defense University. He has received the Presidential Distinguished Service Award, the Secretary of State’s Career Achievement Award, and the State Department’s Distinguished Honor Award. Ambassador Herbst has written book chapters, articles, and op-eds on stability operations in Central Asia, Ukraine, and Russia. His writings have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, the National Interest, and Foreign Policy. He has been a frequent guest discussing the Ukraine crisis on television and radio.
Ambassador Herbst earned a bachelor of science in foreign service from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, Phi Beta Kappa, and a master of law and diplomacy, with distinction, from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. He also attended the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies Bologna Center. He is married to Nadezda Christoff Herbst. The couple has five children and five grandchildren.