The NCAFP Names Ambassador Susan M. Elliott as President and CEO
NEW YORK, June 13, 2018 – The National Committee on American Foreign Policy (NCAFP), the nonprofit, foreign policy organization dedicated to the resolution of conflicts that threaten U.S. interests, announced today that it has named Ambassador Susan M. Elliott, ret., as President and CEO, effective August 20, 2018.
Grace Kennan Warnecke, Chair of the NCAFP, said, “We are delighted that Susan Elliott will lead our organization going forward. She joins us with a distinguished 27-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service as an accomplished and highly- respected diplomat with extensive management and leadership experience. We look forward to benefitting from her talent, vision and enthusiasm as we continue to fulfill our mission in a balanced and nonpartisan manner.”
Ambassador Elliott served from 2015-17 as the Civilian Deputy and Foreign Policy Advisor to the Commander of the United States European Command and from 2012-15 as the United States Ambassador to Tajikistan. Her earlier postings in the foreign service included a rich variety of assignments, including as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs; Minister Counsellor for Political Affairs in Moscow, Russia; Principal Officer in Belfast, Northern Ireland; and on the staff of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as Deputy Executive Secretary and Director of the Executive Secretariat Staff.
Ambassador Elliott said, “This is a remarkable time for The National Committee on American Foreign Policy to build on its 44 years of making important and meaningful contributions to informing and supporting the national dialogue about America’s role in the world. I am honored and excited to serve as the new president and CEO of the NCAFP and build on this history, working with our dedicated Board, talented staff and loyal members to strengthen our organization’s initiatives and expand our work in engaging in the issues that face the United States and shape the world we live in.”
Ambassador Elliott received her doctorate in nursing from Indiana University, an M.S. from Russell Sage College, and a B.S. from Skidmore College. She is fluent in Russian and Spanish, and has a working knowledge of Greek.
Founded in 1974, the NCAFP is dedicated to the resolution of conflicts that threaten U.S. interests. Toward that end, the NCAFP identifies, articulates, and helps advance American foreign policy interests from a nonpartisan perspective within the framework of political realism. The organization fulfills its mission through Track 1 1⁄2 and Track 2 diplomacy. It regularly organizes educational programs, public briefings, panel discussions and lectures by prominent government and former government officials and foreign policy experts.
The NCAFP’s internationally acclaimed Forum on Asia-Pacific Security has served as a productive forum for advancing U.S.-China relations, improving China-Taiwan relations, strengthening alliances between Japan and South Korea and improving quadrilateral cooperation among the region’s major powers, and denuclearizing the Korean peninsula. The NCAFP also maintains highly active and respected projects convening leading experts in Cybersecurity, U.S.-Russia relations and the Middle East. Over the years, the NCAFP’s work has included extensive projects relating to U.S. foreign policy in East Asia, Transatlantic Relations, Central Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. Notably, the NCAFP took a leading role as a conciliator between the factions involved in the historic conflict in Northern Ireland.
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