Right Web

Tracking militarists’ efforts to influence U.S. foreign policy

David J. Kramer

  • Freedom House: Executive director
  • German Marshall Fund: Former fellow
  • State Department: Former Assistant Secretary of State

Please note: IPS Right Web neither represents nor endorses any of the individuals or groups profiled on this site.

David Kramer is a former Sovietologist who serves as executive director of Freedom House, a U.S. government-funded democracy advocacy group that has been closely associated with neoconservative advocacy for decades. Kramer’s experience also includes working as a fellow at the Project for the New American Century (PNAC), a pressure group founded by William Kristol and Robert Kagan that was notorious for its efforts to push the United States into war with Iraq after the 9/11 attacks. A political appointee in the Condoleeza Rice-led State Department during George W. Bush’s second term, Kramer’s final post in the Bush administration was as assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights, and labor, a post he held from March 2008 until January 2009.[1]

Before joining Freedom House in 2010, Kramer was a “senior transatlantic fellow” at the German Marshall Fund. From this perch, Kramer penned various critiques of the Obama administration’s foreign policy in op-eds and for the Foreign Policy blog Shadow Government. In a September 2009 op-ed for the Washington Post, Kramer criticized President Obama for “acquiescing” to Russia on missile defense. Pointing to the administration’s decision to abandon controversial plans to develop missile defense systems in Poland and the Czech Republic—which were originally pursued by the George W. Bush administration—Kramer argued that Obama’s decision was a “capitulation to Russian pressure” and “a serious betrayal of loyal allies in Warsaw and Prague whose governments pursued politically unpopular positions at the request of the Bush administration to help confront a rising threat from Iran.”[2]

Serious arms control analysts, however, applauded Obama’s decision, arguing that the Polish-Czech plan was designed to defend against a non-existent threat and that in any case the plan was to be replaced with alternative defense systems. "The Obama administration made the right call," said Tom Collina, research director at the Arms Control Association. "It would have been extremely unwise to proceed with the Bush administration's plan to rush untested interceptors into Poland to deal with an Iranian long-range missile threat that does not yet exist. President Obama's more pragmatic approach steers the United States toward a European missile defense that addresses more realistic threats and also facilitates deeper reductions in bloated U.S. and Russian nuclear stockpiles.”[3]

Kramer’s State Department biography states:

“From July 2005 to March of 2008, Mr. Kramer was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, responsible for Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, and Belarus affairs, as well as regional nonproliferation issues. Previously, he served in the Department of State Office of Policy Planning as a Professional Staff Member, and before that, was Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs. He also was Executive Director of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy in Washington.

“Before joining the Government, he was a Senior Fellow at the Project for the New American Century, Associate Director of the Russian and Eurasian Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and Assistant Director of Russian and Eurasian Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, all in Washington. Prior to moving to Washington, he was a Lecturer in Russian Studies at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts and a Teaching Fellow at Harvard University. He also served as an analyst for the Christian Science Monitor Network during the collapse of the Soviet Union.

“A native of Massachusetts, Mr. Kramer received his M.A. in Soviet studies from Harvard University and his B.A. in Soviet Studies and Political Science from Tufts University.”[4]

Share RightWeb

Please note: IPS Right Web neither represents nor endorses any of the individuals or groups profiled on this site.

Sources



[1]
Freedom House, “Mr. David J. Kramer,” http://www.freedomhouse.org/template.cfm?page=92&staff=450.

[2] David Kramer, "Obama Acquiesces to Russia on Missile Defense,” Washington Post, September 18, 2009, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/09/17/AR2009091702303.html.

[3] Arms Control Association, media advisory, "ACA Welcomes Shift to a More Pragmatic U.S. Missile Defense Policy,” September 17, 2009, http://www.armscontrol.org/pressroom/missiledefenseshift.

[4] U.S. State Department, “Biography: David J. Kramer,” http://www.state.gov/outofdate/bios/102577.htm.

Share RightWeb

David J. Kramer Résumé

Affiliations

  • Freedom House: Executive director (2010- )
  • German Marshall Fund: Former fellow
  • Project for the New American Century: Former senior fellow
  • Carnegie Endowment for International Peace: Former assistant director of Russian and Eurasian studies
  • Center for Strategic and International Studies: Former assistant director of Russian and Eurasian studies

 

Government

  • State Department: Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (2008-2009); Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs (2005-2008)

 

Education

  • Tufts University: BA Soviet Studies and Political Science
  • Harvard University: MA Soviet Studies

Related:

David J. Kramer News Feed

Shimkus On Observer Team For Ukrainian Election | News Local/State - WILL News - Illinois Public MediaUkraine Election: Volodymyr Zelensky, TV Comedian, Trounces President - The New York TimesTask Force update: Russian interference continues post-election - StopFake.orgPutin is about to con Trump in Helsinki. Here’s how. - The Washington PostGoodyear Tire & Rubber Co. names David Phillips as senior vice president and general counsel - Crain's Cleveland BusinessJohn McCain: The Enemy of Evil - The American InterestDo Not Revive the G-8 or Invite Putin to DC - The American InterestEdited Transcript of GT earnings conference call or presentation 26-Apr-19 1:30pm GMT - Yahoo Finance2019 Artie Awards: And The Nominees Are.... - WBFOLake to Lake results - knopnews2McCain associate takes Fifth on Trump dossier questions - Fox NewsLifecycles for the week of May 17, 2019 - The Jewish News of Northern CaliforniaI’m on Putin’s hit list but I’m not the real victim - POLITICO.euKing's College confers degrees at commencement - News - Citizens VoiceTaunton High announces term three honor roll - Taunton Daily GazetteBridgewater tavern readies new outdoor stage, car cruises; Center keyboardist playing with A-listers - The TimesHow much did homes sell for near you? - Press of Atlantic CityVenezuela isn't Syria: Why the US shouldn't overreact to Putin's bluff - CNNThis Week’s Wedding Announcements - The New York TimesUkraine Thrown Under the Bus? - The American Interest

Right Web is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.

The Right Web Mission

Right Web tracks militarists’ efforts to influence U.S. foreign policy.

For media inquiries,
email rightwebproject@gmail.com

Featured Profiles

The brainchild of Sears-Roebuck heiress Nina Rosenwald, the Gatestone Institute is a New York-based advocacy organization formerly chaired by John Bolton that is notorious for spreading misinformation about Muslims and advocating extremely hawkish views on everything from Middle East policy to immigration.


Conrad Black is a former media mogul closely connected to rightist political factions in the United States who was convicted in July 2007 for fraud and obstruction of justice and later pardoned by his friend President Trump.


Rupert Murdoch is the head of News Corp, the parent company of Fox News, and a long-time supporter of neoconservative campaigns to influence U.S. foreign policy.


Bret Stephens is a columnist for the New York Times who previously worked at the Wall Street Journal and the neoconservative flagship magazine Commentary.


Donald Trump’s second attorney general, William Barr is the focus of a growing controversy over the Robert Mueller report because his decision to unilaterally declare that the the president had not obstructed justice during the Mueller investigation.


The Republican Jewish Coalition is a right wing Jewish advocacy groups that promotes an aggressive pro-Israel and anti-Iran policy.


Erik Prince, former CEO of the mercenary group Blackwater, continues to sell security services around the world as controversies over his work—including in China and the Middle East, and his alleged involvement in collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia—grow.


RightWeb
share