Mitchell Reiss
Mitchell B. Reiss is a senior American
United States
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 who became the 27th president of Washington College
Washington College
Washington College is a private, independent liberal arts college located on a campus in Chestertown, Maryland, on the Eastern Shore. Maryland granted Washington College its charter in 1782...

 in Chestertown, Maryland on July 1, 2010. He served as Director of Policy Planning
Director of Policy Planning
The Director of Policy Planning is the United States Department of State official in charge of the Department's internal think tank, the Policy Planning Staff. The position of Director of Policy Planning has traditionally been held by many members of the U.S. foreign policy establishment...

 at the United States Department of State
United States Department of State
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 under Colin Powell
Colin Powell
Colin Luther Powell is an American statesman and a retired four-star general in the United States Army. He was the 65th United States Secretary of State, serving under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005. He was the first African American to serve in that position. During his military...

. He also served as the United States Special Envoy for Northern Ireland
United States Special Envoy for Northern Ireland
The United States Special Envoy for Northern Ireland or more formally, the Special Envoy of the President and the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland is the top U.S. diplomat supporting the Northern Ireland peace process.-Origins:Traditionally U.S...

, with the diplomatic rank
Diplomatic rank
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 of Ambassador
An ambassador is the highest ranking diplomat who represents a nation and is usually accredited to a foreign sovereign or government, or to an international organization....

, until stepping down in 2007. He has degrees from Williams College
Williams College
Williams College is a private liberal arts college located in Williamstown, Massachusetts, United States. It was established in 1793 with funds from the estate of Ephraim Williams. Originally a men's college, Williams became co-educational in 1970. Fraternities were also phased out during this...

, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, Columbia University Law School and Oxford
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. He was also selected to be a White House Fellow and was assigned to the National Security Council
United States National Security Council
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, where he worked both for Brent Scowcroft
Brent Scowcroft
Brent Scowcroft, KBE was the United States National Security Advisor under Presidents Gerald Ford and George H. W. Bush and a Lieutenant General in the United States Air Force. He also served as Military Assistant to President Richard Nixon and as Deputy Assistant to the President for National...

 and Colin Powell.

He was Chief Negotiator in the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization
Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization
The Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization is an organization founded on March 15, 1995 by the United States, South Korea, and Japan to implement the 1994 U.S.-North Korea Agreed Framework that froze North Korea's indigenous nuclear power plant development centered at the Yongbyon...

, an organization set up by the United States, South Korea
South Korea
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, and Japan
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 to implement the Agreed Framework on preventing nuclear proliferation
Nuclear proliferation
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 on the Korean peninsula. He has served on the National Security Council, the Council on Foreign Relations
Council on Foreign Relations
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, the Ford Foundation
Ford Foundation
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, the Cambridge Institute for Applied Research, the State Department
United States Department of State
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, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
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 and Los Alamos National Laboratory
Los Alamos National Laboratory
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Previously, he was Vice-Provost for International Affairs, Professor of Law at the William and Mary Law School
Marshall-Wythe School of Law
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, and Professor of Government in the Department of Government at the College of William and Mary
College of William and Mary
The College of William & Mary in Virginia is a public research university located in Williamsburg, Virginia, United States...

. He is a member of the Mission Essential Personnel Board of Advisors.

As a Special Envoy to Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland is one of the four countries of the United Kingdom. Situated in the north-east of the island of Ireland, it shares a border with the Republic of Ireland to the south and west...

, he has played an important role in the Northern Ireland peace process
Northern Ireland peace process
The peace process, when discussing the history of Northern Ireland, is often considered to cover the events leading up to the 1994 Provisional Irish Republican Army ceasefire, the end of most of the violence of the Troubles, the Belfast Agreement, and subsequent political developments.-Towards a...

. However, after Reiss denied Gerry Adams a visa to the United States to spur the endorsement of policing and justice in Northern Ireland by Adams and his political party, Sinn Féin, Adams criticized Reiss on March 16, 2006 saying, "I don't have high regards for Mitchell Reiss's input into this process" and "If it is he who is advising the president, it's very very bad advice." Reiss responded "We try very hard to be an honest broker. I think if you look at the record, it demonstrates quite clearly that we don't play favorites - that we call it as we see it... We try to keep our eye on the main objective here - which is moving the peace process forward and keeping the focus on the people of Northern Ireland." Less than a year later, in January 2007, Sinn Féin formally endorsed policing and justice, thereby paving the way for the historic power-sharing arrangement with Ian Paisley's Democratic Unionist Party on March 26, 2007.

Reiss was also Mitt Romney
Mitt Romney
Willard Mitt Romney is an American businessman and politician. He was the 70th Governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007 and is a candidate for the 2012 Republican Party presidential nomination.The son of George W...

's national security advisor during his failed bid to be the Republican candidate in the 2008 Presidential Election.,


  • Negotiating with Evil: When to Talk to Terrorists, ASIN
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  • Bridled Ambition: Why Countries Constrain Their Nuclear Capabilities, ISBN 0-943875-71-4
  • Without the Bomb: The Politics of Nuclear Non-proliferation, ISBN 0-231-06439-X
  • Nuclear Proliferation after the Cold War (co-editor/author), ISBN 0-943875-64-1
  • The Nuclear Tipping-Point (editor), ISBN 81-7049-227-0

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