Biography

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Raffi Gregorian
Acting Deputy Coordinator for Regional and Multilateral Affairs
Bureau of Counterterrorism
Term of Appointment: 08/2017 to present

Raffi Gregorian is currently serving as the Acting Deputy Coordinator for Regional and Multilateral Affairs in the State Department’s Bureau of Counterterrorism and Countering Violent Extremism (CT). He first joined the CT Bureau in January 2015 to help build its Office of Multilateral Affairs, which provides the U.S. policy lead for the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) and its Criminal Justice and Rule of Law Working Group. Dr. Gregorian also serves as co-head of the U.S. delegation to the G-7s’ Roma-Lyon Counterterrorism and Counter-Organized Crime body.

From July 2012 to January 2015, Dr. Gregorian was Director of the Office of Peace Operations, Sanctions, and Counterterrorism in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs. Previously, Dr. Gregorian served as Senior Advisor and Deputy Director in the State Department’s Office of South Central European Affairs (EUR/SCE), and was concurrently the U.S. National Coordinator for the Regional Cooperation Council for Southeast Europe.

Dr. Gregorian served as Principal Deputy High Representative in BiH from 2007 to 2010, and also as Supervisor of Brcko District from 2006 to 2010, being the first person to hold both positions at the same time. From 2004 to 2006 he was the Political Advisor at NATO HQ Sarajevo, and co-chairman of the BiH Defense Reform Commission from 2004-2005, which negotiated and implemented agreements to merge the former warring factions into a new, single, NATO-oriented state army. From 2001 to 2004, Dr. Gregorian was EUR/SCE Deputy Director for Bosnia, and acting Director of the Kosovo Implementation office during 2001. He was Senior Advisor and Chief of Staff to the Special Advisor to the President and Secretary of State for Kosovo and Dayton Implementation from 1999 to 2001, dealing with BiH, Kosovo, Yugoslavia, and insurgencies in Macedonia and southern Serbia. In 1998 he was the Department of Defense Senior Advisor to the Task Force on Military Stabilization in the Balkans, working on the U.S.-led Federation Train & Equip Program. He spent much of his 15 years working on the Balkans locating, bringing to justice, and disrupting the support networks for persons indicted for war crimes by the UN’s International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, as well as arranging U.S. support for the establishment of the War Crimes Chamber of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Other government service includes two years as an historian for the U.S. Army Center for Military History and 13 years as a special duty officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve, including service in NATO-led operations in Bosnia (1998), Kosovo (2004), and the Joint Staff. Dr. Gregorian also worked as a Senior Analyst for Science Applications International Corporation and Eos Technologies’ Center for Arms Control and Technology Assessments from 1990-1998. He received a Ph.D. in International Relations and Strategic Studies from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in 1998, a M.A. in War Studies from King’s College London in 1989, and a B.A. with honors in History from the University of Pennsylvania in 1986. Dr. Gregorian is the author of numerous academic and government publications and the recipient of several military decorations and government service awards.