CCWA: U.S.- Russia Relations: Assessing the Obama-Medvedev "Reset" Featuring Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Beyrle
Focusing on Russia and the U.S. Relations
Thursday, May 17, 2012 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Shaker Heights Country Club, 3300 Courtland Boulevard, Shaker Heights
Free Valet Parking available.
Register online or call 216-255-9002.
Member dinner and lecture $65
Nonmember dinner and lecture $75
Lecture only: Member $20, Nonmember $30, Student $10
John Beyrle is a senior American diplomat with almost thirty years of service, including foreign assignments and policy-level positions with an emphasis on Central and Eastern Europe, the Soviet Union and Russia. He served twice as U.S. Ambassador: to Bulgaria (2005-08) and to Russia (2008-12). During the latter assignment he led the implementation of policies leading to a dramatic improvement in relations, highlighted by the signing of the START nuclear arms reduction treaty, Russia’s accession to the World Trade Organization, and liberalized visa requirements.
Ambassador Beyrle’s overseas service included two earlier tours at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, including as Deputy Chief of Mission. He also served as Counselor for Political and Economic Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in the Czech Republic, and member of the U.S. Delegation to the CFE Arms Control Negotiations in Vienna. His Washington assignments include Acting Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for the New Independent States, and Director for Russian, Ukrainian and Eurasian Affairs at the National Security Council. He served as a staff officer to Secretaries of State George Shultz and James Baker, and as a Pearson Fellow and foreign policy adviser to Senator Paul Simon, a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Ambassador Beyrle is the recipient of the Presidential Meritorious Service Award, and the Baker-Wilkins Award as the State Department’s Outstanding Deputy Chief of Mission. While leading the U.S. Mission in Russia he was named the top U.S. Ambassador worldwide for trade promotion. In 2008 he was awarded a doctoral degree honoris causa by the American University in Bulgaria, and was presented the order of Stara Planina, Bulgaria’s highest state award. In 2011 he was promoted to Career Minister, the Foreign Service equivalent of a three-star military rank.
A native of Muskegon, Michigan, John Beyrle received a B.A. with honors from Grand Valley State University, and a M.S. as a Distinguished Graduate of the National War College, where he later taught as a Visiting Professor of National Security Studies. His foreign languages are Bulgarian, Czech, French, German and Russian. He is married to Jocelyn Greene, a fellow Foreign Service Officer. They have two daughters.