March 1, 2012

Matthew Bryza Will Head the International Centre for Defence Studies

As of March 1, 2012, a veteran career diplomat and one of the key architects of NATO enlargement, Matthew J. Bryza, will become Director of the International Centre for Defence Studies (ICDS).

As of March 1, 2012, a veteran career diplomat and one of the key architects of NATO enlargement, Matthew J. Bryza, will become Director of the International Centre for Defence Studies (ICDS).

01.03.2012
As of March 1, 2012, a veteran career diplomat and one of the key architects of NATO enlargement, Matthew J. Bryza, will become Director of the International Centre for Defence Studies (ICDS).
As the leader of ICDS, Bryza will oversee the Centre`s general management and develop the coordination and performance of academic research at the Centre. Martin Hurt who has headed ICDS since last summer will continue as a member of the Executive Board who will focus on the management of the Centre`s administrative affairs.
In January, Bryza left the US Foreign Service where his latest posting was as US Ambassador to Azerbaijan (February 2011–January 2012).
Previously, Bryza has served at the US State Department as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs (June 2005–August 2009) responsible for the development and implementation of US policy on the South Caucasus, Turkey, Greece and Cyprus and at the National Security Council as Director for European and Eurasian Affairs (April 2001–June 2005) tasked with the development and coordination of US foreign policy on the South Caucasus, Central Asia, Turkey, Greece and Cyprus, and Eurasian energy security, acting in close cooperation with National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice.
Bryza started his diplomatic career in 1989 at the US Consulate in Poland, Poznan, where he led Consulate`s contacts with the Solidarity movement. Later, he has also worked at US Embassies in Warsaw and in Moscow.
Lauri Mälksoo, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of ICDS, affirms that Bryza`s appointment as the new head will definitely increase the Centre`s international clout and visibility.
“After all, ICDS is an international think-tank, which is reason enough for us to think big and to be ambitious both at our regional scale, and actually on the global stage too,” said Mälksoo. “Leading think-tanks like ICDS need to constantly develop new high-level contacts with international policy-makers and analysts. The Supervisory Board of ICDS is positive that Matthew Bryza who has been involved in the shaping of international politics will effectively contribute to the Centre`s contacts.”
Commenting on his new job, Bryza said: “Directing ICDS is a natural continuation of my diplomatic career which has focused on helping Europe to re-emerge as a region that is whole, free and at peace. I was inspired throughout my diplomatic career by my colleagues and friends from the extended Baltic region who have shared their energies, their insights and their lives helping NATO achieve a broad range of interests stretching from the Arctic to Afghanistan. I`m thrilled and honoured to begin this new chapter in my professional life here in Estonia.”
The International Centre for Defence Studies is a think-tank founded for the analysis of defence and security issues by the Government of the Republic of Estonia in March 2006. The purpose of ICDS is to track and analyse global developments in defence and security domains, with a more specific focus on issues of special interest to Estonia.
Independent expert assessments developed at the Centre assist government departments in informed policy-making, while enhancing public awareness of defence and security developments and broadening public understanding of the security factors that affect Estonia.
ICDS organises annual Lennart Meri Conferences dedicated to foreign policy issues, publishes Diplomaatia, a foreign policy monthly, and co-organises the Annual Baltic Conference on Defence (ABCD).

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