New AtlanticistJun 9, 2021
Biden’s Europe trip can help secure Afghanistan’s future. Here’s how.
By Earl Anthony Wayne, James B. Cunningham
The democracies meeting this week in Europe should signal continued concrete support for Afghans who do not share the Taliban’s worldview and who seek a peace without a Taliban-imposed regime.
New AtlanticistMay 11, 2021
Afghanistan: What now to avoid disaster?
By James Cunningham, Hugo Llorens, Ronald E. Neumann, Richard Olson, and Earl Anthony Wayne
Avoiding complete defeat for US goals after the military withdrawal will require swift, coordinated action from Washington. Five former top US diplomats to Afghanistan reveal how to do it.
New AtlanticistJan 13, 2021
The way forward in Afghanistan: How Biden can achieve sustainable peace and US security
By James B. Cunningham, Hugo Llorens, Ronald E. Neumann, Richard Olson, and Earl Anthony Wayne
Afghanistan may actually now have a chance to achieve some form of political settlement and significantly reduced violence.
Earl Anthony Wayne is a nonresident senior fellow with the GeoEconomics Center. “Tony,” as he is known, is also a Distinguished Diplomat in Residence and Professorial Lecturer at American University’s School of International Service and Advisory Board Co-Chair of the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute.
A career US diplomat, Wayne was confirmed by the US Senate in 2010 as a career ambassador. He held a variety of diplomatic and policy positions during 40 years of public service.
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. 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 to sanction terrorists and their financiers. 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 Organization 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.
Since leaving government, Wayne has written and spoken widely and worked as a consultant for several organizations, including HSBC and Kissinger Associates. You can find his writings, interviews, and speeches here.