Amb. (Ret.) Marcie Ries


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Marcie Ries

Senior Fellow, Future of Diplomacy Project, Belfer Center 

Harvard Kennedy School

Ambassador Marcie Ries is a Senior Fellow with the Future of Diplomacy Project at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. She is a Senior Advisor at the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute where she mentors new ambassadors and senior officers as they prepare for their ongoing assignments.


During thirty-seven years in the U.S. Foreign Service, she was a three-time Chief of Mission, serving as Head of the U.S. Office Pristina (2003-2004), U.S. Ambassador to Albania (2004-2007), and as U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria (2012-2015). Ambassador Ries was also a senior member of the team that negotiated the 2010 New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START). In 2008-2009, she was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs where she had responsibility for offices dealing with relations with NATO, the EU and Western Europe, as well as strategic planning and personnel. From 2007-2008, she served as Minister-Counselor for Political-Military Affairs in Baghdad, Iraq. She was Director of the State Department’s Office of United Nations Political Affairs for the two years following the 9/11 attack. Ambassador Ries’s experience abroad also includes service as Counselor in the U.S. Embassy in London, four years at the U.S. Mission to the European Union in Brussels and tours in Turkey and the Dominican Republic.


Ambassador Ries is a member of the Boards of the American Academy of Diplomacy and of the American College of Sofia. She is a recipient of the U.S. Army’s Distinguished Civilian Service Medal and of a Presidential Meritorious Service Award.