PREVIOUS DIRECTOR-
AMBASSADOR KENNETH S. YALOWITZ (2010 -2013) 

Ambassador Yalowitz was Director of the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College, Hanover NH, July 1, 2003 through 2011. Currently living in Virginia and teaching courses at Georgetown University and diplomat in residence at George Mason University.
Ken completed his undergraduate work at the University of Wisconsin and holds a Russian Institute Certificate, MA and Master of Philosophy degree from Columbia University. He speaks Russian. He retired from the US Department of State on September 30, 2001 after 36 years as career diplomat and member of the Senior Foreign Service. He served twice as a U.S. Ambassador:  to the Republic of Belarus from 1994-1997; and to Georgia from 1998-2001. His other foreign assignments included two tours of duty in Moscow, The Hague and the US Mission to NATO in Brussels. His domestic assignments have included country director for Australia-New Zealand Affairs, deputy director for economics of the Office of Soviet Union Affairs, and Congressional Foreign Affairs Fellow. Ambassador Yalowitz previously taught political science at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He also served as the Area Studies Chair on the former Soviet Union (1993-94) and Dean of the Senior Seminar (1997-98) at the Foreign Service Institute, the U.S. government’s training institution for preparing American diplomats and other professionals for foreign service.
He has won a variety of awards for conflict prevention and for overall diplomatic performance. He was chosen for the Ambassador Robert Frasure award for peacemaking and conflict prevention in 2000 for his work to prevent the spillover of the Chechen war into Georgia.
He has been adjunct professor of government at Georgetown University, visiting fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and a diplomat-in-residence at American University.  He is also a member of the Institutional Review Board of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, the Board of Directors of the Eurasia Partnership Foundation, the Advisory Board for the Vermont Law School International and Comparative Law Program, and the Board of Directors of the Open Spaces Foundation.  In 2009, he was invited to join the American Academy of Diplomacy, which is a private, non-profit, non-partisan, elected organization whose active membership is limited to men and women who have held positions of high responsibility in crafting and implementing American foreign policy.
He is married to Judith Gold Yalowitz and has one son, Andrew.

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