Ambassador Bremer’s diplomatic service spanned eight Presidents. He was Special Assistant to six Secretaries of State including service as Henry Kissinger’s Chief of Staff. His overseas assignments included Afghanistan, Malawi, and Norway. President Reagan appointed him Ambassador to the Netherlands (1983-86) and then Ambassador at Large for Counter Terrorism (1986-89). In the 1990s, Bremer was Managing Director of Kissinger Associates, a strategic consulting firm and then Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Marsh Crisis Consulting Company. He was a director of numerous Fortune 500 companies. He was a Trustee of the Economic Club of New York and served on several International Advisory Boards. A recognized expert in counter terrorism, in 1999, Bremer was appointed Chairman of the Bipartisan National Commission on Terrorism. The Commission reported in 2000 that the United States faced a growing threat from Islamic extremism. After 9/11, President Bush appointed him to the President’s Homeland Security Advisory Commission.
In 2003 the President recalled Bremer to government service as Presidential Envoy to Iraq (2003-2004) charged with beginning the country's political and economic reconstruction. Bremer wrote a best-selling book, My Year in Iraq: The Struggle to Build a Future of Hope (2006). Bremer has received numerous awards for his public service. In 2004, President Bush awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, for his service in Iraq. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the Board of the RAND Corporation’s Center for Middle East Public Policy. He is a director of the Alelo Corporation, Sustainable Systems International Corporation, the Chester (Vermont) Historical Society, and of the Fort at Number Four, in Charleston, New Hampshire.
Bremer received his B.A. from Yale University, a CEP from the Institut D’Etudes Politiques of the University of Paris, and an MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. He has an Honorary Doctor of Law degree from Ave Maria University. Bremer’s interests include biking, skiing, French cooking and oil painting. His languages are French, Norwegian and Dutch. He and his wife live in Maryland.