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John Kornblum

John KornblumFormer US Diplomat to Germany, American Foreign Service

  • Europe
  • US

John Kornblum is an American diplomat and businessman. Having joined the American Foreign Service in 1964 and having served in Europe and the State Department in Washington for over 35 years, he is one of the leading American experts on Europe and transatlantic relations.

As United States Minister to Berlin in 1987, Kornblum conceived Ronald Reagan's historic speech at the Bradenburg Gate. He later served as Deputy Ambassador to NATO and US Permanent Representative to the OSCE in Vienna. As Assistant Secretary of State in Washington, Kornblum was Deputy Negotiator of the Dayton Agreement and later US Special Envoy to the Balkans. He was the Senior US Negotiator for preparation of the CFE negotiations and for the staged enlargement of NATO and the European Union. He served as American Ambassador to Germany from 1997 to 2001.

Since 2001, he has established himself as an investment banker and international business consultant. Kornblum was Chairman for Germany of Lazard Freres from 2001 to 2009. He has been with Noerr Law Firm since 2008 and also fulfils advisory mandates with several other international companies