Paul Bremer is an American Diplomat who was educated at Yale, Harvard, the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris; he is a man who served under eight different American presidents; he has received the State Department Superior Honor Award, two Presidential Meritorious Service Awards, the Distinguished Honor Award from the Secretary of State, and he has served as a board member of Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., Akzo Nobel NV, the Harvard Business School Club of New York, the Netherland-America Foundation, and on the International Advisory Boards of Komatsu Corporation and Chugai Pharmaceuticals. Bremer was the chairman of the National Commission on Terrorism, chairman and CEO of Marsh Crisis Consulting, was appointed Ambassador-at-Large for Counterterrorism by President Reagan in’86, and famously assumed the role of Interim President of Iraq from May 2003 until 2004.
In this episode of Global Affairs, Bremer provides a wide array illuminating insights and anecdotes accumulated over the course of his long career serving his country, and the international community at large. He shares with viewers his early Foreign Service assignments in Kabul and Malawi, his more seasoned experiences negotiating economics as US Ambassador to the Netherlands, and the invaluable time he spent working under Henry Kissinger, a man whose geopolitical genius Bremer can only compare to the artistic genius of Jackson Pollack. He also provides an in-depth analysis of his work re-stabilizing Iraqi society, presents educated insights into the potential future of the Middle East, and provides a firsthand, detailed portrait of the evolution of terrorism.
Today, Paul Bremer has taken to Impressionism-inspired painting and cycling for charity as a member of World Team Sports, which facilitates athletic events for the disabled. He shares his perspective on the state of contemporary foreign affairs, and the effects recent American presidents have had on the role of the US in the Middle East, posing striking questions concerning the future geopolitics of the world. Bremer speaks of how he always keeps a quote by his hero, Winston Churchill, on his desk, and how this quote has inspired him to continue to persist in his goals, even in the midst of extreme adversity. The Churchill quote declares: Never, never, never give up.
52:18 | 2019