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Raffi Gregorian - Curriculum Vitae




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  Raffi Gregorian

 Principal Deputy High Representative and Brcko Supervisor

  Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Raffi Gregorian was appointed Brcko Supervisor and Deputy High Representative in September 2006 and additionally appointed Principal Deputy High Representative in January 2007.  Prior to his current appointments, he was the senior civilian in NATO Headquarters Sarajevo (NHQSa) responsible for defence reform and served as Political Advisor to the NATO Commander regarding all NHQSa missions. 

In 2005 he served as the NATO Co-Chairman of the Defence Reform Commission (DRC) of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), a position to which he was appointed by High Representative Lord Paddy Ashdown in December 2004.  In just six months the DRC developed and agreed on the blueprint for a NATO-compatible single military force, with all enabling legislation at BiH and entity levels being passed in the subsequent five months. 

Prior to his service at NHQSa, Dr Gregorian directed the BiH section in the United States Department of State from November 2001 to December 2004.  His extensive Balkans-related experience includes three years as Senior Advisor and Chief of Staff in the Office of the Special Adviser to the President and Secretary of State for Kosovo and Dayton Implementation, and as acting director of the Kosovo Implementation office in 2001. 

Prior to joining the State Department in 1999, Dr Gregorian was a Department of Defence Senior Advisor on the Interagency Task Force for Military Stabilization in the Balkans, where he worked on the Federation Army Train & Equip program.  From 1990-1998 he worked for Science Applications International Corporation as a Senior Analyst on peace support operations and counterinsurgency training, doctrine, policy, strategy and resources, as well as arms control counterintelligence issues.  From 1986 to 1988 he was an historian at the U.S. Army Centre for Military History in Washington, D.C., where he worked on the Army’s official history of the Vietnam War. 

Dr. Gregorian earned his Ph.D. in International Relations and Strategic Studies from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in 1998, an M.A. in War Studies from King’s College, University of London in 1989, and a B.A. with Honours from the University of Pennsylvania in 1986.  He was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1993-2006 and served on active duty in Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and on the Joint Staff in the Pentagon.  He is the author of numerous scholarly articles and government publications, has contributed chapters to various books, and is the author of The British Army, the Ghurkhas, and Cold War Strategy in the Far East 1947-54 ( London: Macmillan, 2002). 

Besides several civil society and academic excellence awards, Dr Gregorian has also received two individual and two group Superior Honour Awards from the State Department, Joint Service Commendation Medals for his military service in Kosovo and in BiH, and a Joint Service Achievement Medal for service on the Joint Staff.  He is a resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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