Richard Kauzlarich was appointed NIO for Europe in September 2003.
Formerly he was Director of the Special Initiative on the Muslim World at the United States Institute of Peace. Kauzlarich joined the Institute in Spring 2002 after a 32-year career in the Foreign Service. He served as United States Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1997-99 and to Azerbaijan in 1994-97. He was Senior Deputy to the Secretary of State’s and the President’s Special Representative to the Newly Independent States (NIS) in 1993-94. He was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of European Affairs in 1991-93, responsible for relations with the former Soviet Union and economic ties with the European Union.
Kauzlarich also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs in 1984-86 and as Deputy Director of the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff in 1986-89, handling global and international economic issues.
In addition to his ambassadorial assignments, Kauzlarich has served at US Embassies in Ethiopia, Israel, and Togo.
In December 2001, the Century Foundation published his report, “Time for Change? US Policy in the Transcaucasus.” Kauzlarich received his B.A. from Valparaiso University and M.A.s from Indiana University and the University of Michigan.