Resolving Conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan


Marc Grossman, a career ambassador, was called upon by President Barack Obama and then-Secretary of State Hilary Clinton to replace Richard Holbrooke as the U.S. special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan after Holbrooke’s death in 2010. One of Grossman’s prime objectives in 2010 and 2011 was to broker peace talks with the Taliban. Grossman comes to Asia Society Texas Center to present a detailed analysis of his work in the region and what may come next.



Registration and Breakfast: 8:00 am
Program: 8:30 am


About Marc Grossman

Ambassador Grossman served as the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, the State Department's third ranking official, until his retirement in 2005 after 29 years in the U.S. Foreign Service. As Under Secretary, he helped marshal diplomatic support for the international response to the attacks of September 11, 2001. He also managed U.S. policies in the Balkans and Colombia and promoted a key expansion of the NATO alliance. As Assistant Secretary for European Affairs, he helped direct NATO's military campaign in Kosovo and an earlier round of NATO expansion. In Turkey, Ambassador Grossman encouraged vibrant U.S.-Turkish economic relations.

Ambassador Grossman was a Vice Chairman of The Cohen Group from July 2005 to February 2011.

In February, 2011 President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton called Ambassador Grossman back to service as the U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. Ambassador Grossman promoted the international effort to support Afghanistan by shaping major international meetings in Istanbul, Bonn, Chicago and Tokyo. He provided U.S. backing for an Afghan peace process designed to end thirty years of conflict and played an important part in restoring U.S. ties with Pakistan.

In January, 2013 Ambassador Grossman was appointed a Kissinger Senior Fellow at the Jackson Institute at Yale University. He is the Chairman of the Board of the Senior Living Foundation of the Foreign Service and a board member of the German Marshall Fund of the United States.


In collaboration with the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth. Business and policy programs at Asia Society Texas Center are made possible by support from United Airlines—Official Airline of Asia Society Texas Center. Additional support provided by Asia Society contributors and members.

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Tue 18 Mar 2014
8:30 AM
1370 Southmore Blvd. Houston, TX 77004 713.496.9901
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