Senior FellowMatthew Bryza is a senior fellow with the Atlantic Council's Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center.
He is the director of the International Center for Defence studies in Tallinn, Estonia. He resides in Istanbul, where he also works as a business consultant and board member of several private companies.
Ambassador Bryza just completed a twenty-three-year career as a US diplomat. His most recent assignment was as US ambassador to Azerbaijan from February 2011 to January 2012. From 2005 to 2009, Ambassador Bryza served as deputy assistant secretary of state for Europe and Eurasia, with responsibility for the South Caucasus, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, and Eurasian energy. Ambassador Bryza simultaneously served as the US co-chair of the OSCE's Minsk Group mediating the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and as US mediator of the Cyprus, South Ossetia, and Abkhazia conflicts.
During 2001 to 2005, Ambassador Bryza served in the White House as director for European and European affairs on the National Security Council staff. His responsibilities included the South Caucasus, Central Asia, Eurasian energy, and political Islam in Eurasia.
Previous assignments include deputy to the special advisor to the president and secretary of state on Caspian Energy, and political officer at the US missions to Russia (1995-97) and Poland (1989-91).
November 14, 2013Matthew Bryza, Eurasia Center senior fellow, writes for CNN's GPS blog on Azerbaijan's efforts to implement political reforms:
September 04, 2013In a new piece for Energy Post, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center Deputy Director David Koranyi, Eurasia Center Senior Fellow Matthew Bryza, and Brent Scowcroft Center Senior Fellow Ian Brzezinski discuss Central European energy security following the death of the Nabucco…
August 19, 2013The brutal crackdown on August 14 by Egypt's interim government on supporters of ousted President Mohammad Morsi will produce no winners. Both the secular interim government and its Islamist predecessor demonstrated they lack the intellectual and political tools required to…
June 07, 2013As a resident of Istanbul, it is clear to me that Turkey’s unique form of democracy has reached a defining moment.A quiet protest by a handful of environmentalists has exploded into a nationwide outcry by the half of Turkey’s electorate…
February 28, 2013The culture of democracy in Georgia requires serious repair. Despite groundbreaking reforms over nearly a decade, and the freest and fairest election in the country’s history last October, mob violence recently made a near-comeback as Georgia’s primary tool of political…