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Ambassador (Ret.) Charles Ries is Vice President, International at the RAND Corporation, where he oversees RAND's international offices and strategy. At RAND from 2009, his research has focused on ways to promote economic growth and development in a variety of settings. He is co-author of “After Brexit: Alternative Forms of Brexit and their Implications for the United Kingdom, the European Union, and the United States” (RAND 2017), “The Costs of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict” (RAND 2015) and author of “Improving Decisionmaking in a Turbulent World” (RAND 2016), among other publications.
Ries' more than three decades in the U.S. diplomatic service included four years (2000-2004) as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs, where he was responsible for the U.S.-EU dialogue and economic relations between the U.S. and Europe. He also served as Ambassador to Greece (2004-2007), Minister-Counselor for Economic Affairs at U.S. Embassy London (1996-2000), and Minister-Counselor for Economic Affairs, at the U.S. Mission to the European Union (1992-1996). Ambassador Ries was detailed to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (1990-92) and served as Deputy Assistant USTR for North American Affairs. He directed an interagency environmental review of the NAFTA, the first such environmental assessment of a trade agreement by the U.S.
Ambassador Ries also spent 14 months at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad (2007–2008), where he was responsible for oversight of assistance and economic policy initiatives.
Ries is the first recipient of the State Department's Rockwell Schnabel Award for U.S.-EU Relations (2004) for his “imaginative, dedicated leadership of the U.S. European Relationship,” as well as the Cordell Hull Award for Senior Economic Officers (2008), the Distinguished Honor Award (2004), and a Presidential Meritorious Service Award (2002). For service in Iraq, he received the Department of the Army's Outstanding Civilian Service Award. He is a member of the Academy of American Diplomacy.
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