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Stuart W. Holliday
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Ambassador Stuart Holliday is President and CEO of Meridian International Center, a prestigious non-partisan public diplomacy institution located in Washington, DC, which strengthens international understanding and global leadership through the exchange of people, ideas and culture.

Ambassador Holliday served as United States Ambassador for Special Political Affairs at the United Nations (2003-2005), after his nomination by the President and confirmation by the Senate. Holliday’s primary duties involved representing the United States on issues in the U.N. Security Council. This included responsibility for U.S. policy on U.N. Peacekeeping, Sanctions, and Counterterrorism programs.

Prior to serving at the United Nations, Holliday was Coordinator (Assistant Secretary) of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Information Programs and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs.

From 2000 to 2001, he was Special Assistant to the President and Associate Director of Presidential Personnel at the White House. At the White House, he advised the President on appointments to the State Department, the Defense Department, the Veterans Department, FEMA, NASA, OPIC, Peace Corps, USAID and Ambassadorships.

Following the attacks of September 11, Holliday was tasked by the President’s Chief of Staff to work with government agencies to staff the first Office of Homeland Security at the White House.

From 1998 to 2000, he served as Assistant (deputy) Policy Director to then Governor of Texas. In this capacity he had specific responsibility for economic development, international trade, technology and military issues.

He has also served as Executive Director of the Dallas Council on World Affairs and as Regional Director for North Africa, the Middle East and Turkey at the International Republican Institute (IRI) where he worked on political reform and elections.

Holliday served on active and reserve duty as an Officer in the United States Navy (Intelligence) from 1988 until 1995 and was recalled to active duty for Operation Desert Storm. He is a recipient of the Joint Service Commendation Medal and other awards.

He obtained his B.S.F.S. (International Affairs) from Georgetown University and his M.A. (International Affairs) from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Holliday is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations; the education chair of YPO’s Global Diplomacy and Policy Group; and on the Board of Directors for the Council of American Ambassadors and IFES (The International Foundation for Electoral Systems). He also serves on the National Advisory Board of Public Insight LLC, an investment advisory firm.

He is also currently Co-Chairing the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress’s Strengthening America’s Future Initiative, which brings together a diverse group of leaders and experts to provide an assessment of current American policy and foreign relations, and to recommend ways ahead for the next administration.

Holliday is a frequent speaker on foreign affairs and international institutions. He regularly appears on television programs such as CNN, BBC Fox News Live, National Public Radio, Al Jazeera and Alhurra, as well as a variety of international media networks. He is a frequent speaker on national security and foreign policy issues.

Blog Entries by Stuart W. Holliday

An Untapped Resource: The Power of Volunteerism

25 Comments | Posted March 28, 2012 | 3:22 PM

Today, as countries around the world face turbulent economic times, the challenges seem too big for governments to address on their own. The good news is that globally, citizens are engaged in addressing social issues at greater levels than ever before. At the same time, governments are launching civic engagement...

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Public Diplomacy That Lasts: The Value of International Visitor Exchanges

0 Comments | Posted February 27, 2012 | 11:47 AM

Perhaps one of the most noted facts about last week's visit by Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping was his unusual personal connection to the United States. As a provincial official 27 years ago, Mr. Jinping was here as part of a Chinese delegation to Iowa to study agricultural policies.

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Green Technology: The Key to More Jobs, Higher Exports, Cleaner Environment, Better Reputation?

0 Comments | Posted January 24, 2012 | 11:22 AM

The Science of Necessity

We all agree that America needs to create more jobs, although there is certainly less agreement on how to do so. A few years ago, green technology was the solution to our problems, but energy prices sagged, investment dried up, and our patience for innovation waned....

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American Global Leadership at a Crossroads

0 Comments | Posted April 6, 2011 | 10:38 PM

The role of American leadership in the world is under scrutiny at home and abroad from our economic competitiveness to our handling of the "Jasmine Revolution" and our response to current crises in Japan and most visibly in Libya.

In these most recent crises, fault lines...

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America's Best Export

0 Comments | Posted June 28, 2010 | 10:51 AM

The United States is unique in its commitment to volunteerism and service. It is part of the fabric of our society and integral to how most Americans access the services they need to improve their lives. This tradition of citizen activism is as old as the republic. Federal Income Tax...

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