Daniel W. Christman

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Lt. General Daniel W. Christman "is senior vice president for international affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and vice president of the Center for International Private Enterprise. Christman is responsible for representing the Chamber before foreign business leaders and government officials and for providing strategic leadership on international issues affecting the business community. He oversees a team of dozens of policy analysts and program coordinators who are devoted to fostering free trade throughout the world.

"Before joining the Chamber, Christman served for two years as the president and executive director of the Kimsey Foundation, where he helped launch a program on political reform in China in coordination with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. At the same time, he worked on critical initiatives to improve the quality of education in Washington, D.C., public schools.

"Christman, a career military officer who retired from active duty in 2001, served for five years as the Superintendent of the United States Military Academy at West Point. He also served for two years as Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, during which time he traveled with and advised Secretary of State Warren Christopher. Further, Christman represented the United States as a member of NATO’s Military Committee in Brussels, Belgium. He is a combat veteran of Southeast Asia, where he commanded a company in the 101st Airborne Division in 1969.

"Christman has written and lectured extensively on leadership and national defense, including the ongoing war against international terrorism. He also served as a military analyst for CNN International during Operation Iraqi Freedom. During the Gulf War in 1991, he headed a strategic planning group that advised the Army’s chief of staff on war prosecution policies.

"Graduating first in his class from West Point, Christman also received M.P.A. and M.S.E. degrees in public affairs and civil engineering from Princeton University and graduated with honors from The George Washington University Law School. On four occasions, he has been awarded the Army and Defense Distinguished Service Medal, which is the defense department's highest peacetime award." [1]

He is also chairman of the newly formed Coalition for Partnership with India and a trustee of the Meridian International Center.

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  1. Leadership Group, U.S.-Muslim Engagement Project, accessed January 2, 2009.