Edward J. Salazar, PhD

Dr. Salazar is a former US diplomat with broad experience on matters related to Russia, Ukraine, the former Soviet Union and NATO. He is an independent international relations consultant and is currently lecturing at Budapest’s National University of Public Service. In recent years he has been involved in projects ranging from nation-branding and promotion with the Scottish government, to safety and security infrastructure for the London 2012 Olympics, to the development of international cyber-security policy, but has remained most active in the foreign policy realm. At the core of his experience is his knack for communicating across cultural, social, and political boundaries.

Ed began his diplomatic career amidst the politics and diplomacy of the Cold War, serving three times in Moscow, the first time as a witness to the collapse of the USSR. He also served at the US Mission to NATO, working there to build new mechanisms of trust and cooperation with Partner Nations. Following 9/11, he became engaged in the challenges of counterterrorism and in the problems of fragile states. Upon leaving the Foreign Service, Ed taught at the Foreign Service Institute in Washington, where he delivered seminars for senior diplomats on the pressing global challenges to diplomacy in the 21st century.

Ed has a PhD and Master's in international affairs from Claremont Graduate University and a BA in international studies from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS). He has had the privilege of teaching at Georgetown University, Pomona College as well as MIIS, has guest lectured at countless venues during the course of his career, and was twice commended by the Secretary of State for this. A US Air Force veteran, his prior experience also includes work as a search and rescue pilot and as a state Presidential campaign leader. He is a native of Santa Fe, New Mexico, where his family has lived for over 300 years.