The Honorable David M. Satterfield, director of the Baker Institute, joined members of the Baker Roundtable and the Harvard Business School Club for a conversation on current events and to reflect on his extensive policy background. With more than four decades of diplomatic and leadership experience, Satterfield offered his take on a range of topics — from the current geopolitical climate in the Middle East to the ongoing war in Ukraine. He also discussed his wealth of experience prior to joining the Baker Institute, including roles as assistant secretary of state, National Security Council staff director, and ambassador to Turkey and Lebanon, among many others.
This event was co-sponsored by the Baker Roundtable and the Harvard Business School Club.
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The Honorable David M. Satterfield is the director of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and leads the institute's Edward P. Djerejian Center for the Middle East. He is also the Janice and Robert McNair Chair in Public Policy. He has more than four decades of diplomatic and leadership experience, including service as special envoy for the Horn of Africa, assistant secretary of state, National Security Council staff director and as ambassador to Lebanon and Turkey and charge’ d’affaires in Iraq and Egypt.
Satterfield’s extensive bilateral and multinational negotiating background most notably includes the 1995 Roadmap for Israel-Palestinian Peace (with the United Nations), the 2000 withdrawal of the Israel Defense Forces from Lebanon and Blue Line boundary agreement (with the United Nations), and the 2008 Status of Forces Agreement between the U.S. and Iraq. As the State Department’s coordinator for Iraq, he managed the largest domestic staff in the department’s history and directed fundamental reforms to the Foreign Service.
As director general of the Multinational Force and Observers, Satterfield conceived and directed the comprehensive modernization of military and civilian peacekeeping operations and led fundraising efforts with the U.S. Congress and donor governments.
Among other honors, Satterfield is the recipient of the highest Department of State recognition, the Secretary of State Distinguished Service Award, and the highest award for senior federal executives, the Office of Personnel Management Distinguished Federal Executive Rank Award.
Satterfield is a graduate of the University of Maryland and speaks Arabic, French and Italian. He is married to Elizabeth Ann Fritschle, a career Foreign Service officer.