Ambassador Frank G. Wisner

International Affairs Advisor @ Squire Patton Boggs
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International Affairs Advisor, Squire Patton Boggs

As International Affairs Advisor, Wisner plays a pivotal role at Squire Patton Boggs, leveraging his vast experience in the Middle East, India, Europe, and Asia to assist the firm's domestic and international clients. He was the U.S. Ambassador to India from 1994 to 1997, and he also served as ambassador to Zambia, Egypt, and the Philippines, as Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, and as Under Secretary of State for International Security Affairs.

Wisner was senior Deputy Assistant Secretary for African Affairs from 1982 to 1986, a time of intense diplomatic engagement in Southern Africa. After graduating from Princeton University in 1961, Wisner joined the State Department as a Foreign Service officer. His first post was in Algiers immediately after it won independence from France. He then went to Vietnam, where he spent four years at the apex of the war. Wisner worked as a senior diplomat in Tunisia and Bangladesh before returning to Washington as Director of Plans and Management in the Bureau of Public Affairs. He joined the President’s Interagency Task Force on Indochina, the entity responsible for evacuating and settling nearly one million refugees and served as its Deputy Director.

Later, as Director of the Office of Southern African Affairs, Wisner worked closely with Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to launch negotiations with Zimbabwe and Namibia. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice appointed Wisner as the nation’s special representative to the Kosovo Status Talks in 2005 where he played a crucial role in negotiating Kosovo’s independence. Before joining us, Wisner served as Vice Chairman of External Affairs for American International Group.