Matthew Bryza just completed a 23-year career as a U.S. diplomat, over half of which was spent at the center of policy-making and international negotiations on major energy infrastructure projects and regional conflicts in Eurasia. His most recent assignment was as U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan from February 2011 to January 2012. Between 2005 and 2009, Bryza served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia, with responsibility for Eurasian Energy, the South Caucasus, Turkey, Greece and Cyprus. Bryza simultaneously served as the U.S. Co-Chair of the OSCE’s Minsk Group mediating the Karabakh conflict, and as U.S. mediator of the Cyprus, South Ossetia and Abkhazia conflicts. From 2001 to 2005, Bryza served in the White House as Director for European and Eurasian Affairs on the National Security Council Staff. His responsibilities included Eurasian energy, the South Caucasus, Central Asia and political Islam in Eurasia. Previous assignments include Deputy to the Special Advisor to the President and Secretary of State on Caspian Energy, Advisor on Economic Reform in the South Caucasus and Central Asia, and Russia Desk Officer at the State Department, as well as Political Officer at the U.S. Missions to Russia (1995-97) and Poland (1989-91). Currently Ambassador Bryza resides in Istanbul, Turkey, where he also works as a consultant on business and democratic development and is a board member of several private companies.
On April 26, Jamestown Board Member Ambassador Matthew Bryza participated in the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute panel "Turkey and the Russia-Ukraine War: Impact on Central Asia and the Caucasus."
On February 20, 2022, Jamestown Board Member Ambassador Matthew Bryza appeared on Fox News to discuss the ongoing tensions between Russia and Ukraine.
Jamestown Board Member and former U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan Matthew Bryza gave an interview to CNN about Russia canceling the South Stream Pipeline.
Jamestown Foundation Board Member and former U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan Matthew Bryza wrote an article on disarming Russia's gas weapon for the Atlantic Council Blog.
Jamestown board member Ambassador Matthew Bryza wrote an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal on February 5, discussing Russia's continued occupation of the Republic of Georgia, just miles from the