Zaatari Refugee Camp
Harris Public Policy students visited Zaatari refugee camp as part of the 2018 Pearson International Conflict Seminar to Jordan, where they met with Syrian refugees leading NGO programming within the camp.
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Research and Policy
Chairman, Board of Directors
Arms Control Association
Thomas Countryman is Chairman of the Board of the Arms Control Association (ACA). The ACA is a nonpartisan NGO which analyzes key security issues and advises the executive branch, Congress and the public on choices to promote global security and reduce the risk that weapons of mass destruction will be used. He retired from the Senior Foreign Service in January 2017 after 35 years of service. At that time, he served simultaneously as acting Undersecretary for Arms Control and as Assistant Secretary for International Security and Nonproliferation (ISN), a position he held since September 2011. The ISN Bureau leads the U.S. effort to prevent the spread of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.
After serving in Belgrade, Washington, and Cairo, he advised Ambassador Albright on Middle East affairs at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, and was Director for Near East Affairs at the National Security Council. He directed State’s Office of South Central European Affairs, and was Minister for Political Affairs in Rome, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy in Athens (including five months as Chargé d'Affaires), and Foreign Policy Advisor to the U.S. Marine Commandant. Before ISN, he was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs, and Deputy Assistant Secretary for European Affairs, with responsibility for the Balkans. Countryman graduated from Washington University in St. Louis (summa cum laude) in economics. He speaks Serbo- Croatian, Arabic, German, Italian and Greek.
Makeshift, temporary shelter made of plastic and clothing at a refugee center in Baidoa, Somalia.