Chester Crocker

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Chester A. Crocker (b. 29 Oct. 1941) is the Group Executive chairman of the Good Governance Group, and is the James R Schlesinger Professor of Strategic Studies at Georgetown University. He was formerly Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs and served as Chairman and member of the Board of the United States Institute of Peace (1992-2011) in Washington, DC.[1]

Early Life and Education

Crocker was born in New York City in 1941, Dr. Crocker received his B.A. degree from Ohio State University (1963), graduating Phi Beta Kappa, with distinction in history. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.[2]

Early career

Crocker was news editor of Africa Report magazine (1968-69) and staff officer at the National Security Council (1970-72) where he worked on Middle East, Indian Ocean, and African issues. He first joined Georgetown University as director of its Master of Science in Foreign Service program, serving concurrently as associate professor of international relations (1972-80). He served as director of African studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (1976-80).[2]

Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs

From 1981 to 1989, Dr. Crocker served as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs. He developed the strategy and led the diplomacy that produced the treaties signed by Angola, Cuba, and South Africa in New York in December 1988. These agreements resulted in Namibia’s independence (March 1990) and the withdrawal of foreign forces from Namibia and Angola. President Ronald Reagan granted him the President’s Citizens Medal, the country’s second highest civilian award.[2]

United States Institute of Peace

Dr. Crocker chaired the board of the United States Institute of Peace (1992-2004) and continues to serve as a director.[2]


Resources, References and Contact


Phone 202-687-5074
Fax 202-687-2315


  • Chester A. Crocker, Leashing the Dogs of War, United States Institute of Peace, 2006.
  • Editors: Chester A. Crocker, Fen Osler Hampson, Pamela Aal, Grasping the Nettle: Analyzing Cases of Intractable Conflict, United States Institute of Peace,U.S., 2005.
  • Chester Crocker, Taming Intractable Conflicts: Mediation in the Hardest Cases (2004)
  • Editors: Chester Crocker, Fen O. Hampson and Pamela Aall, Managing Global Chaos: Sources of and Responses to International Conflict, 1996.
  • Editors: David R. Smock and Chester A. Crocker, African Conflict Resolution: The US Role in Peacemaking, United States Institute of Peace, 1995.
  • Chester Crocker, High Noon in Southern Africa: Making Peace in a Rough Neighborhood, Norton, 1993.


  • J. E. Davies, Constructive Engagement?: Chester Crocker and American Policy in South Africa, Namibia and Angola, 1981-8, James Currey Ltd, 2007.


  1. Dr Chester A. Crocker, Group Executive Chairman, Good Governance Group, accessed 10 October 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Chester A Crocker, Georgetown University, accessed 10 October 2012.