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Senior Fellow the Vaclav Havel Program for Human Rights and Diplomacy, Florida International University, U.S.

David J. Kramer is senior fellow the Vaclav Havel Program for Human Rights and Diplomacy at Florida International University. Before that he was senior director for Human Rights and Democracy at the McCain Institute, he served for four years as President of Freedom House. Prior to that, he was a Senior Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Kramer served eight years in the U.S. Department of State, including as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor; Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs (responsible for Russia, Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus affairs as well as regional non-proliferation issues); Professional Staff Member in the Secretary’s Office of Policy Planning; and Senior Advisor to the Undersecretary for Global Affairs. Kramer has been an Adjunct Professor at the Elliott School for International Affairs at The George Washington University.

Before joining the U.S. Government, Kramer was a Senior Fellow at the Project for the New American Century, Associate Director of the Russian and Eurasian Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and Assistant Director of Russian and Eurasian Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Kramer is a member of the Board of Directors of the Halifax International Security Forum, a Member of the Advisory Council for the George W. Bush Presidential Center’s Human Freedom Project, and a Member of the Advisory Council for CEPA (Center for European Policy Analysis). He received his M.A. in Soviet Studies from Harvard University and his B.A. in Soviet Studies and Political Science from Tufts University.