Chester A. Crocker
Professor of Strategic Studies, Georgetown University
Chester A. Crocker is the James R. Schlesinger Professor of Strategic Studies at Georgetown University, where his teaching and research focus on conflict management and regional security issues. He served as chairman of the board of the United States Institute of Peace (1992-2004) and as a member of its board through 2011.
From 1981 to 1989, Crocker was U.S. assistant secretary of state for African affairs. As such, he was the principal diplomatic architect and mediator in the negotiations among Angola, Cuba, and South Africa that led to Namibia’s transition to independence and to the withdrawal of Cuban forces from Angola. Crocker is a founding member of the Global Leadership Foundation and member of the Independent Advisory Board of the World Bank. He is the author of High Noon in Southern Africa: Making Peace in a Rough Neighborhood (1993).