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Assistant Secretary of State (European Affairs)
Ambassador Daniel Fried was confirmed by the United States Senate as Assistant Secretary of State (European Affairs) on April 29, 2005. Previously, Fried served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for European and Eurasian Affairs from January 2001 until April 2005. He had been Principal Deputy Special Advisor to the Secretary of State for the New Independent States. He was Ambassador to Poland from November 1997 until May 2000.
Daniel Fried began his career with the Foreign Service in 1977. He served in the Economic bureau of the State Department from 1977 to 1979, at the U.S. Consulate General in then-Leningrad from 1980 to 1981, as political officer in the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade from 1982 to 1985, and in the Office of Soviet Affairs at the State Department from 1985 to 1987. Ambassador Fried was Polish Desk Officer at the State Department from 1987 to 1989 and served as Political Counselor in the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw from 1990 to 1993.
Ambassador Fried served on the staff of the National Security Council from 1993 until 1997, first as a Director and then as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Central and Eastern Europe. At the White House, he was active in designing U.S. policy on Euroatlantic security, including NATO enlargement and the Russia-NATO relationship.
Ambassador Fried received a B.A., magna cum laude, from Cornell University in 1974 and a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University in 1977.
Raised in California, Ambassador Fried lives in the District of Columbia. He and his wife, Olga Karpiw, have two daughters, Hannah and Sophie.