Conversation with Amb. Thomas Greminger, Secretary General of the OSCE

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Conversation with Amb. Thomas Greminger, Secretary General of the OSCE

Conversation with Amb. Thomas Greminger, Secretary General of the OSCE

By Truman Center

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Date and time

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 · 8 - 9:45am EDT


Truman National Security Project 1250 I Street Northwest #500 Washington, DC 20005

About this event

Truman Center for National Policy, in partnership with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and the Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR), is excited to host Ambassador Thomas Greminger, Secretary General of the OSCE, for a conversation with Jenna Ben-Yehuda, President and CEO, Truman Center. This will be followed by Q&A with the audience and closing remarks by Dr. Federiga Bindi, Director of the Foreign Policy Initiative at IWPR.

Please join us for this terrific discussion on some of the most pressing issues facing the OSCE and EU security, to include the principal challenges to European security and the OSCE; women, peace, and security; and leadership lessons. This invitation is non-transferable and RSVP is required for admittance into the event.

8:00 Doors open- light breakfast and coffee served

8:30 Welcome and introductory remarks

8:45 Dialogue and Q&A with Secretary General Greminger

9:35 Closing remarks

9:45 Event concludes

We look forward to seeing you there!

Truman Center for National Policy


Ambassador Thomas Greminger was appointed Secretary General of the OSCE on 18 July 2017 for a three-year term.

Ambassador Greminger joined the diplomatic service of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) in 1990 and has held numerous senior management positions during his career. Prior to his appointment as OSCE Secretary General, he was Deputy Director General of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, overseeing an annual budget of USD 730 million and 900 staff in Bern and abroad.

From 2010 to 2015, Greminger was the Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the OSCE, serving as Chair of the Permanent Council during Switzerland’s 2014 OSCE Chairmanship. Prior to his assignment at the Permanent Delegation of Switzerland to the OSCE, Greminger was Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affair’s Human Security Division, Switzerland’s competence centre for peace, human rights, and humanitarian and migration policy.

Thomas Greminger holds a PhD in history from the University of Zurich and the rank of Lieutenant Colonel (General Staff) in the Swiss Armed Forces. He has authored a number of publications on military history, conflict management, peacekeeping, development and human rights. His mother tongue is German; he speaks fluent English and French, and has a working knowledge of Portuguese. In 2012, he was awarded the OSCE white ribbon for his long-standing support for gender equality.

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