Daniel Rosenblum is Deputy Assistant Secretary in the State Department’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs. Until October 2017, he was responsible for managing U.S. policy and diplomatic relations with the five Central Asian states: Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. He now oversees all the Bureau’s regional and public diplomacy activities, including transnational economic and security issues, educational and cultural exchanges, interactions with the media and public outreach. These activities and programs encompass India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal, as well as the five Central Asian countries.
From 2008-2014, Mr. Rosenblum was Coordinator of U.S. Assistance to Europe, Eurasia and Central Asia, responsible for ensuring the strategic and efficient allocation and spending of foreign aid budgets averaging over $1 billion annually. He and his team coordinated the efforts of more than a dozen U.S. government agencies working in more than 30 countries, supporting economic reform, the development of democratic institutions and rule of law, building the capacity of security sector institutions, and relieving human suffering through humanitarian aid. He also served as the primary U.S. government liaison with other international donors, including the European Union and multilateral development banks.
From 1997-2008, Mr. Rosenblum held a variety of other positions in the Assistance Coordinator's office, including Deputy Coordinator, Director of the Eurasia Division, and Special Advisor for Economic Programs. He developed economic initiatives for several regions of Russia; served as the State Department liaison to ten US-backed investment funds operating in the region; and was instrumental in designing assistance packages for Ukraine, Georgia and the Kyrgyz Republic following internal upheavals, and for Kosovo following its declaration of independence.
Before coming to the State Department, Mr. Rosenblum spent six years as Senior Program Coordinator at the Free Trade Union Institute (FTUI). With grants from the US Agency for International Development and National Endowment of Democracy, FTUI conducted educational programs and provided technical assistance to independent labor unions in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Mr. Rosenblum managed the operation of field offices in Moscow, Kyiv, Almaty and Warsaw. Mr. Rosenblum also served as a public spokesman on the labor movement in the former Soviet Union, and social problems associated with the transition to a market economy.
From 1985-89, Mr. Rosenblum worked as a legislative assistant to Senator Carl Levin, advising the Senator on foreign policy, trade, transportation, judiciary and veterans affairs. He helped the Senator promote the interests of his constituents in a wide range of areas, including the competitiveness of the American automotive industry, ensuring that trade agreements provided reciprocal access for U.S. exports to foreign markets, assessing judicial nominations, protecting veterans benefits, and defending international human rights.
Mr. Rosenblum has a BA in History from Yale University and an MA in Soviet Studies and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.