Ambassador of the Federal
Republic of Germany to the United States of AmericaAmbassador
Ischinger presented his credentials to President George W.
Bush on July 31, 2001.
He was born in 1946 near
In 1963/64, he was an American
Field Service foreign exchange student in Watseka, Illinois,
where he graduated from the local high school in June 1964.
Mr. Ischinger studied law
at the universities of Bonn/Germany and Geneva/Switzerland
and obtained his law degree in 1972. He earned a Master's
degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Medford,
Mass., in 1973.
From 1973 to 1975, he served
on the staff of the Secretary General of the United Nations
in New York.
He joined the German Foreign
Service in 1975, and has served in Washington, D.C., Paris,
and in a number of senior functions in the German Foreign
Office. From 1993 to 1995, Mr. Ischinger was Director of the
Policy Planning Staff; from 1995 to 1998, as Director General
for Political Affairs (Political Director), Mr. Ischinger
participated in a number of international negotiating processes,
including the Bosnia Peace Talks at Dayton, Ohio, the negotiations
concerning the NATO-Russia Founding Act, as well as the negotiations
on NATO enlargement and on the Kosovo crisis.
From 1998 to 2001, Wolfgang
Ischinger was Staatssekretär (Deputy Foreign Minister)
of the German Foreign Office.
Mr. Ischinger has published
widely on foreign policy, security, and arms control policy
as well as on European and transatlantic issues.
He serves on a number of
non-profit boards, including the Board of Overseers of the
Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, the East-West Institute
in New York, the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft Frankfurt,
the Council on Public Policy Berlin, AFS Germany (American
Field Service), Youth for Understanding, and “Humanity
in Action”, New York. He is also Chairman of the Ambassadors
Advisory Board of the Executive Council on Diplomacy in Washington,
Wolfgang Ischinger is married
to Jutta Falke, a journalist. Before coming to Washington,
D.C., Mrs. Falke-Ischinger was the Berlin bureau chief of
the German weekly “Rheinischer Merkur”.
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