April 30, 2012
In his new role, Ries will develop strategies and coordinate efforts to expand RAND's international reach. He will oversee RAND Europe, the RAND Qatar Policy Institute and the organization's other international programs.
"RAND is a global institution, with research activities underway on every continent," Rich said. "Charles Ries' many years of experience working with governments overseas will be invaluable as we continue to build and strengthen our ties with clients around the world."
Ries is a RAND researcher who previously served as an ambassador and U.S. foreign service officer in both the Middle East and Europe. He has been director of the RAND Center for Middle East Public Policy, a post he will maintain.
Ries joined RAND in February 2009 as a senior fellow, then took a leave from July 2010 through January 2011 to serve as executive vice president of the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. His research at RAND has included national security and intelligence, European politics, and energy/environmental policy, with a specific focus on the economic aspects of helping fragile states.
He served as U.S. ambassador to Greece from 2004 to 2007. His 31-year career in the U.S. State Department included such positions as minister for economic affairs and coordinator for economic transition in Iraq, principal deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, as well as serving in senior positions at the U.S. Embassy in London, the U.S. Mission to the European Union in Brussels, and at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.
Ries is the recipient of the State Department's Cordell Hull Award for Senior Economic Officers, the Distinguished Honor Award and the Presidential Meritorious Service Award. Ries earned his master's and bachelor's degrees in international affairs from Johns Hopkins University.