Max Primorac

Max Primorac brings 25 years of foreign policy and national security experience in complex civilian-military operations, terrorism, democracy promotion, development, and international partnerships. He has advised leaders in government and business sector from the US, Japan, Western and Eastern Europe, Former Soviet Union, Latin America, Iraq, Canada and Afghanistan. He is also Managing Director of Between Two Rivers, LLC, a Washington, DC based consulting firm advising on the financial and defense industries for commercial transactions in Eastern Europe and Middle East, Director of the Univeristy of Chicago's Foreign Policy Circle, Member of thhe Transatlantic Conference of think tanks, and Member of the Pentagon's Joint Staff Pakistan-Afghanistan Coordination Cell's Federation Forum..

From 2009 to 2011 Primorac was senior adviser to the Government of Afghanistan in a US Government funded project to expand its sub-national public administration. From 2007 to 2008 Primorac was Senior Advisor for Transition & Stabilization to the US Secretary of State's Coordinator for Iraq where he managed the inter-agency process of the civilian component of the President surge initiative. During his term, he was the Department's representative on a White House Task Force for the Protection of Religious Minorities in Iraq. He also co-initiated with the Pentagon the first joint civilian-military pre-deployment training for Senior Foreign Service officers and Brigade Commanders. In 2006, he was Deputy Director of the US Embassy's Iraq reconstruction office with oversight of $2.4 billion in programs supporting public administration reform, public procurement, anti-corruption, private sector development, banking, agriculture, industry, housing, health, and central government capacity building. He was US Embassy lead for international donor coordination involving $35 billion in assistance, working closely with the United Nations and the Commander of Multinational-Corps, Primorac ensured civilian-military integration for all programs under his direction. He held the rank of Senior Executive Service. Before that he served at the US Department of Defense as a senior civil society policy expert to the Coalition Provisional Authority's Governance Team in Iraq.

From 1987 to 2003 he trained and advised senior leaders from Latin America, the Balkans and former Soviet Union as President of the Center for Civil Society in Southeastern Europe and Executive Director of the Institute on World Affairs Regional Office - Southeastern Europe launching numerous cutting-edge projects to rejuvenate civil society and local government in war-ravaged areas of the former Yugoslavia. He founded and led the Croatia-based International Center for Sustainable Transition that trained over 100 transition leaders from Central Asia, Caucuses and southeastern Europe.

His expertise has been widely sought by media, such as CNN International, ABC News, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Christian Science Monitor and BBC Radio. He has a Bachelors Degree from Franklin & Marshall College and Masters Degree in International Relations from the University of Chicago.  He has participated in numerous national and international conferences and panel discussions organized by the European Union, American Bar Association, US Institute of Peace, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, and many others.

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