Lost in the furor over what Moscow did or did not do, and what effects it did or did not have, is the broader question of what this incident says about Russian intentions and aims. Just how unusual was it for great powers to interfere in a democracy’s electoral processes, and just how outraged should Americans be by the alleged activities?
Marc Grossman is the former U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs from 2001-05. In this capacity he served as the department's day-to-day manager of overall regional and bilateral policy issues, and was responsible for integrating political, economic, global, and security issues into the United States' bilateral relationships. Following the September 11, 2001 attacks, he helped marshal international diplomatic support for the global war on terrorism and for the military campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq. A career foreign service officer from 1976 to his retirement in 2005, Grossman served as U.S. Ambassador to Turkey and political officer at the U.S. Mission to NATO and Islamabad. Grossman also served as the director general of the Foreign Service and director of Human Resources from 2000 to 2001. There, he revamped the State Department’s human resource strategies, including the department’s strategies for training, assigning, and retaining personnel both at home and abroad.
Marc Grossman was a non-resident fellow with the Future of Diplomacy Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Grossman has held a series of seminars with Kennedy School graduate students on Middle East Peace negotiations, including negotiation simulations.Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm