Chester A. Crocker (b. 29 Oct. 1941) is the Group Executive chairman of the Good Governance Group, and is the James R Schlesinger Professor of Strategic Studies at Georgetown University. He was formerly Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs and served as Chairman and member of the Board of the United States Institute of Peace (1992-2011) in Washington, DC.
Early Life and Education
Crocker was born in New York City in 1941, Dr. Crocker received his B.A. degree from Ohio State University (1963), graduating Phi Beta Kappa, with distinction in history. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.
Crocker was news editor of Africa Report magazine (1968-69) and staff officer at the National Security Council (1970-72) where he worked on Middle East, Indian Ocean, and African issues. He first joined Georgetown University as director of its Master of Science in Foreign Service program, serving concurrently as associate professor of international relations (1972-80). He served as director of African studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (1976-80).
Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs
From 1981 to 1989, Dr. Crocker served as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs. He developed the strategy and led the diplomacy that produced the treaties signed by Angola, Cuba, and South Africa in New York in December 1988. These agreements resulted in Namibia’s independence (March 1990) and the withdrawal of foreign forces from Namibia and Angola. President Ronald Reagan granted him the President’s Citizens Medal, the country’s second highest civilian award.
United States Institute of Peace
- ASA Ltd – Board member (a NYSE-listed, closed-end fund focused on gold mining)
- Center for Strategic and International Studies – former director of Africa program
- Corporate Council on Africa – founding member and director
- Henri Dunant Center for Humanitarian Dialogue – Council
- Minorco, S.A. (Luxembourg) – Board member (a natural resources group)
- Modern Africa Growth and Investment Company, LLC – Board member
- National Defense University (Washington) – Board of Visitors
- National Security Council
- United States Institute of Peace – Chairman of the Board
Resources, References and Contact
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- Chester A. Crocker, Leashing the Dogs of War, United States Institute of Peace, 2006.
- Editors: Chester A. Crocker, Fen Osler Hampson, Pamela Aal, Grasping the Nettle: Analyzing Cases of Intractable Conflict, United States Institute of Peace,U.S., 2005.
- Chester Crocker, Taming Intractable Conflicts: Mediation in the Hardest Cases (2004)
- Editors: Chester Crocker, Fen O. Hampson and Pamela Aall, Managing Global Chaos: Sources of and Responses to International Conflict, 1996.
- Editors: David R. Smock and Chester A. Crocker, African Conflict Resolution: The US Role in Peacemaking, United States Institute of Peace, 1995.
- Chester Crocker, High Noon in Southern Africa: Making Peace in a Rough Neighborhood, Norton, 1993.
- J. E. Davies, Constructive Engagement?: Chester Crocker and American Policy in South Africa, Namibia and Angola, 1981-8, James Currey Ltd, 2007.
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