Paul Bremer’s diplomatic service spanned eight Presidents. He was Special Assistant to six Secretaries of State and Henry Kissinger’s Chief of Staff. His overseas assignments included Afghanistan, Malawi, and Norway. President Reagan appointed him Ambassador to the Netherlands (1983-86) and then Ambassador at Large for Counter Terrorism (1986-89).
In the 1990s, Bremer was Managing Director of Kissinger Associates, a strategic consulting firm and subsequently Chairman and CEO of Marsh Crisis Consulting Company. In 1999 Bremer was appointed Chairman of the Bipartisan National Commission on Terrorism. In June 2000, the Commission reported that the United States faced a growing threat from Islamic terrorism. After 9/11, President Bush appointed him to the President’s Homeland Security Advisory Commission.
In 2003 the President recalled Bremer to government service as Presidential Envoy to Iraq (2003-2004) charged with beginning the country’s political and economic reconstruction.
Bremer wrote a best-selling book, “My Year in Iraq: The Struggle to Build a Future of Hope” (2006). He has been awarded numerous awards for his public service including the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Bremer is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on several non-profit boards including the Chester Vermont Historical Foundation and the Fort at Number 4 in Charlestown New Hampshire. He was the Founder and President of the Lincoln/Douglass Scholarship Foundation, a Washington-based non-profit organization that provided high school scholarships to inner city youths.
Bremer received his B.A. from Yale University, a CEP from the Institut D’Etudes Politiques of the University of Paris, and an MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. He has an Honorary Doctor of Law degree from Ave Maria University.
Bremer is a professional ski instructor and an avid cyclist. In 2010 he led a 4,000-mile cross country ride for wounded warriors. His book, “From Sea to Shining Sea” tells this dramatic story. His oil paintings have been exhibited in many cities. His languages are French, Norwegian and Dutch. He and his wife live in Chevy Chase, Maryland.