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Colin Cleary

Adjunct Professor; Senior U.S. Foreign Service Officer, retired.

Colin Cleary is an Adjunct Professor of U.S. Foreign Policy at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.   He retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in 2020 after more than three decades with the Department of State. His final posting was as Director for Energy Diplomacy for Europe, the Western Hemisphere and Africa at the State Department’s Energy Bureau.

Prior to that, Mr. Cleary represented the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research as Chair of an Intelligence Community body charged with formulating strategic collection requirements.

Mr. Cleary was Political Counselor at U.S. Embassy Kyiv and Science Counselor at U.S. Embassy Moscow.  Other Embassy postings include Madrid, Warsaw, Kampala and Mexico City.   He was a Fellow at both the U.S. Institute for Peace and the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University.

Articles by Colin Cleary

Russia-Ukraine: A Last Chance for Peace

Ukraine could offer to suspend its NATO candidacy for some time, but only in return for Russia’s withdrawal from Donbas.

February 14, 2022

Joe Biden and Ending the US’s Dr. Strangelove Nuclear Posture

It is imperative to structure the U.S. nuclear posture to guard against the greatest danger -- accidental nuclear war.

August 5, 2020

Ukraine’s Maidan Square: A Photo Essay

Memorials to the "Heavenly Hundred" in Kiev's Maidan Square are a reminder of unfulfilled promises of reform.

July 13, 2014

Ukraine: This Time Is Different

A new commitment by Ukrainians to vigilance over their political leaders.

July 11, 2014

Ukraine’s Balcerowicz Moment

Ukraine’s present duress could help push forward necessary reforms.

June 9, 2014

Ukraine: Making up for Past Leadership Failures

With May 25 elections looming, Ukraine has a historic opportunity to avoid history repeating itself.

April 27, 2014

Don’t Give Up on a United Ukraine

Divisions in Ukraine, while real, are often oversimplified.

February 12, 2014

Doubling Down on Wind: Ireland Greens Its Grid, Looks to Export

Will Ireland become a global hub of innovation in the management of renewable power?

June 15, 2013