Activities: 2004: Bio: Serry

November 18, 2004 Ambassador Robert Serry

Ambassador Robert H. Serry
Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Crisis Management and Operations,
NATO Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium

Ambassador Robert H. Serry is the Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Crisis Management and Operations at NATO Headquarters in Brussels.  His main responsibilities are to manage NATO’s Crisis Response Operations, from current commitments in the Balkans (KFOR and SFOR) and in Afghanistan (ISAF), to preparing new operations elsewhere, if so decided by the North Atlantic Council. In chairing both the Balkans and Afghanistan Task Forces, he coordinates the civil/political and military aspects of NATO’s operations. He frequently travels to countries in crisis areas and keeps close contacts with the United Nations, the European Union and other International Organisations in relation to NATO’s crisis management activities. He has been closely involved for example in the peace process in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, notably by conducting the dialogue with the leadership of the former National Liberation Army on the amnesty and other issues.

His previous professional experience included several diplomatic postings at Bangkok, Moscow, New York (United Nations) and Kiev (first Netherlands Ambassador to independent Ukraine), and leading the Middle Eastern Affairs Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague. In his latter capacity he was actively involved in the promotion of a ‘back channel’ dialogue between Israel and the Palestinians. In the framework of the Netherlands European Community presidency, he participated in the events leading to the Middle East Peace Conference at Madrid (November 1991).

Robert Serry was born in 1950 at Calcutta, is married and has three children. He graduated in Political Science (cum laude) at the University of Amsterdam. His publications include one book on Ukraine’s independence, published in two languages, and several articles on political and peacekeeping topics ranging from the Middle East to the Balkans and Eastern Europe.

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