Lorne Craner

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Lorne Craner
Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
In office
June 4, 2001 – July 31, 2004
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Harold Hongju Koh
Succeeded by Barry Lowenkron
Personal details
Political party Republican
Education Reed College,
Georgetown University
Occupation President of the American Council for International Education

Lorne Craner, an American foreign policy expert, is President of American Councils for International Education. He has served in key diplomatic and policymaking roles in three administrations and three times as President of major non-governmental organizations.

Life and career

Early life

Craner was born at Bitburg Air Force Base in Germany. He attended University College School in London and graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy.[1] Craner received a BA from Reed College[2] and an MA in National Security Studies from Georgetown University.[3] His father Robert received three Silver Stars as a US Air Force pilot and prisoner of war in Vietnam[4] and his mother Audrey was awarded graduate degrees from the Fletcher School and Georgetown University.


In the 1980s Craner worked on foreign policy issues in the US House of Representatives for Congressman Jim Kolbe and in the Senate for Senator John McCain.[5] In 1989 he became a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs[6] and in 1992 a Director of Asian Affairs at the White House National Security Council in the George HW Bush administration.[7] From 1993-2001 he was Vice President, then President of the International Republican Institute (IRI) a democracy assistance NGO.[8] He returned to government as Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor under Secretary of State Colin Powell. His work in the Middle East, Central Asia and China after the 9/11 attacks drew praise from President Bush[9] Amnesty International[10] and Human Rights Watch[11] and Craner received the State Department’s Distinguished Service Award from Secretary Powell.[12] Craner returned to the IRI as President from 2004-2014.[13] He served two terms on the Board of the Millennium Challenge Corporation [14] and consulted on US-European relations and on political risk in Asia and the Middle East, before being elected President of the American Councils for International Education in July, 2017.


  1. ^ "Document 14470204". studylib.net. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  2. ^ "Reed Magazine: Summer 2008". www.reed.edu. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  3. ^ "Prominent Alumni - School of Foreign Service - Georgetown University". georgetown.edu. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Veteran Tributes". www.veterantributes.org. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  5. ^ "President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts". archives.gov. 12 September 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  6. ^ "Bush Campaign Aide To Head State Dept. Legislative Team". pqasb.pqarchiver.com. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  7. ^ "President Bush to Nominate Seven Individuals to Serve in His Administration". georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  8. ^ "Craner, Lorne W." 2001-2009.state.gov. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  9. ^ (PDF) https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/PPP-2005-book1/pdf/PPP-2005-book1-doc-pg817.pdf. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ http://www.washingtontimes.com, The Washington Times. "Prison scandal hasn't slowed U.S. rights agenda". washingtontimes.com. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  11. ^ "Seeing Mideast Democracy As More Than 'Pie in the Sky'". pqasb.pqarchiver.com. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  12. ^ Corporation, Millennium Challenge. "Alan Patricof and Lorne Craner Join MCC's Board of Directors". mcc.gov. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  13. ^ "IRI Announces Lorne W. Craner Returns as President - IRI". www.iri.org. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  14. ^ Corporation, Millennium Challenge. "Morton Halperin and Lorne Craner Join the MCC Board of Directors". mcc.gov. Retrieved 4 May 2017.

External links

  • IRI President Lorne Craner's account and page at "Comment is Free".
Government offices
Preceded by
Harold Hongju Koh
Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
June 4, 2001 – July 31, 2004
Succeeded by
Barry Lowenkron
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