Ambassador John C. Kornblum has enjoyed a distinguished career in the United States Foreign Service which began in 1964, shortly after his graduation from Michigan State University. As a junior officer he served in Hamburg and Washington. He was then assigned to Bonn as Political Officer in 1969, where he served as action officer for Berlin in addition to being a member of the United States Delegation to the Four Power negotiations.
He became Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany from 1997 - 2001. Ambassador Kornblum currently serves as the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Canadian Affairs and has been the special envoy for the Dayton Peace Agreement. For his outstanding service on the Balkan crisis Ambassador Kornblum was presented the Secretary's Award in 1996.
He will present on "Why Europe Matters" during his presentation.