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Contact: Matthew Czekaj
The Jamestown Foundation is proud to announce that Michael Carpenter has been named the first ever recipient of Jamestown’s Distinguished Service Award in recognition for his contribution to U.S. statecraft and diplomacy in Eurasia. The Jamestown Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award recognizes important U.S. policy practitioners who have been actively involved with regions of the world that Jamestown monitors as part of its research and analysis. Dr. Carpenter accepted his award at a reception held in his honor on Thursday, February 23, 2017.
Dr. Michael Carpenter was Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense with responsibility for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia from December 2015 through January 2017. Prior to joining the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Dr. Carpenter served in the White House as the Special Advisor to the Vice President for Europe and Eurasia. Previously, he served as Director for Russia at the White House National Security Council. During a 12-year career with the State Department, Dr. Carpenter served in various positions, including Deputy Director of the Office of Russian Affairs, Speechwriter for the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, NATO-Russia officer in the Office of Regional Political-Military Affairs, and Advisor on the South Caucasus. He has served overseas at the U.S. Embassies in Slovenia and Barbados.