James Pardew

Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Operations, NATO International Staff,  from August 2005 to August 2008, during NATO operations in Afghanistan and Kosovo and the NATO training mission in Iraq.

 U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria, 2002-2005, when Bulgaria was admitted to NATO and completed   its accession negotiations for European Union membership.

U.S. negotiator of the Ohrid Agreement preventing a civil war in Macedonia, 2001.

Deputy Special Advisor to the President and Secretary of State for Democracy in the Balkans during the conflict in Kosovo and subsequent peace implementation, 1999-2001.  

Director, U.S. Military Train and Equip Program for Bosnia, Department of State, 1996-1999; Original appointment to rank of Ambassador, August 1997.  

Secretary of Defense Representative to Richard Holbrooke’s negotiating team that concluded the Dayton Peace Agreement ending the war in Bosnia, 1995.   

Military service:  Vice Director for Intelligence, J-2, Joint Staff; Director of Foreign Intelligence and Chief of Current Intelligence, Army General Staff during the collapse of the Soviet Union and the first U.S. war with Iraq.  Service abroad while on active duty in the U.S. Army, including assignments in Germany, Turkey, Japan, a combat tour in Vietnam and service in Operation Restore Hope in Somalia.

Member, Council on Foreign Relations.

Awards:  Department of State Distinguished Honor Award, the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Civilian Service, and the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal.  Military decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (2), Bronze Star (2), and Air Medal. Awarded the Stara Planina Medal by the President of Bulgaria.

 A native of Arkansas, Mr. Pardew is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College. He holds a M.A. in political science (international relations) from Loyola University of Chicago and a B.S. degree in journalism from Arkansas State University. Mr. Pardew and his wife Kathy have three sons.