Edward J. Salazar, PhD
Dr. Salazar, a former US Diplomat, is an independent consultant with broad experience ranging from international security affairs and peace-building to public diplomacy and executive leadership training. Most recently, he was working with the US Embassy in London to coordinate US interests with British authorities for a safe, secure and successful London Olympics in 2012. Just prior, at the Foreign Service Institute in Washington, Ed was delivering seminars for senior diplomats and government executives on the most pressing global challenges to US diplomacy in the 21st century.
Ed spent most of his career in the Foreign Service engaged in the politics and diplomacy of the Cold War, serving three times in Moscow before and after the collapse of the Soviet Union. He also was detailed for a year to the personal staff of Sen. Paul Simon as the Senator’s foreign policy advisor before returning to the State Department to head the “Ukraine Desk,” where he was involved in virtually every aspect of efforts to remove nuclear weapons from Ukraine. Subsequently, Ed was assigned to the U.S. Mission to NATO, where he helped to implement landmark agreements with Moscow to build new mechanisms of trust and cooperation between Russia and the Allies, and between NATO and Partner countries. From Brussels he returned to Embassy Moscow in 2003 where he had back-to-back assignments as Press Attaché and Cultural Affairs Officer. During his last official assignments in Washington he was actively engaged in building international partnerships to address the problems of fragile states for the State Department’s Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization. Prior to this he was the Director of Programs in the Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism where he oversaw implementation of some $200 million in programs aimed at stemming the threat of terrorism worldwide.
Ed has a Ph.D. and Master’s in international affairs from Claremont Graduate School and a B.A. in international policy studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. He has served on the Board of Advisors for the National Language Resource Center and currently serves on the International Leadership Council of the Monterey Institute of International Studies. He has taught at Georgetown University, Pomona College and the Monterey Institute and has guest lectured at countless venues during the course of his career. Ed speaks Spanish, Russian, and French. A U.S. Air Force Vietnam veteran, he has a broad range of previous experience, including work as a search and rescue pilot and as a state Presidential campaign leader. He is a native of Santa Fe, New Mexico, where his family has lived for over 300 years.