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Ambassador Edward Marks

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Ambassador Edward Marks retired from the State Department in 1995, after a 40-year career involving services in nine countries, the United Nations in New York, and Washington, DC. Recalled to active duty in June 2002, he served as the State Department counter-terrorism advisor at the US Pacific Command in Honolulu until mid-September 2005.

Since retirement, Amb. Marks has engaged in various activities. He is a founding trustee of the Command and General Staff College Foundation and was director of the Simons Center for Interagency Cooperation. In addition, he served as a distinguished senior fellow at George Mason University, a senior associate of The International Center for Terrorism Studies of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, a senior fellow at the Joint Forces Staff College, and a retiree representative on the Governing Board of the American Foreign Service Association.

Amb. Marks has been a consultant to the United Nations and the Project on National Security Reform, has served on various editorial boards, and is the author of numerous articles and publications. He recently published his memoir, "A Professional Foreigner," co-authored, with Michael B. Kraft, two books on the counterterrorism programs of the United States government, and numerous articles and monographs. Originally from Detroit, Michigan, he graduated from the University of Michigan (B.A.), the University of Oklahoma (M.A.), and the National War College. He served in the United States Army 1956-58, and resides in Washington, DC.