Peter Woodard Galbraith (b. December 31, 1950), son of the economist and author John Kenneth Galbraith, holds degrees from the
Commonwealth School, Harvard College, Oxford University and Georgetown
University Law Center. He served on the staff of the United States
Senate Foreign Relations Committee from 1979 to 1993, where he took a special
interest in Kurdistan. In 1993, he was appointed U.S. Ambassador to Croatia by
President Bill Clinton. He later served as United Nations ambassador in East
Timor where he negotiated an oil-treaty between East Timor and Australia 90/10
in Timor's favor, and forced Australia to back down on maritime boundary issues
declaring to Australian oil men, "The Timor Sea is closed for business!"
In 2003, he resigned from U.S. government after 24 years of service in order to be able to criticize U.S. Iraq policy more freely. He is a strong and vocal proponent of independence for Kurdistan. He is currently senior diplomatic fellow at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, writes frequently about Iraq in the New York Review of Books and is the author of The End of Iraq: How American Incompetence Created a War Without End (2006), which advocates partitioning Iraq into three parts.
He is married to Norwegian social anthropologist Tone Bringa. They have three children and a home in Townshend, Vermont.
This biography was last updated on 10/20/2014.
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