The Foreign Service Journal, May 2024

THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL | MAY 2024 85 on enlarging NATO and the European Union, with special arrangements for Russia and Ukraine. He also served as deputy chief of the Bosnian peace negotiations and was special envoy to the Balkans from 1995 to 1997. His final diplomatic assignment was as U.S. ambassador to Germany (19972001), the first American ambassador to serve in a united Germany since 1941. In that post, he fought to ensure that the U.S. embassy in Berlin be rebuilt in its original historic location near the Brandenburg Gate, where it stands today. For his work in the Foreign Service, Amb. Kornblum received multiple honors, including the U.S. Department of State Secretary’s Award, a medal of honor from OSCE, a Knight’s Cross of the Order of Merit from Germany, an Order of Merit from Austria, and a silver medal from the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany. He was also an honorary citizen of Sarajevo and was named a Knight Against Deadly Earnestness in Aachen, Germany, in 1999. After retiring from the Foreign Service in 2001, Amb. Kornblum was chairperson of the investment bank Lazard Freres Germany (2001-2009) and senior counselor to the international law firm Noerr. He also served as adviser to Bayer AG, ThyssenKrupp Technologies, Motorola Europe, Macquarie, Russell Reynolds, Management Circle, Accenture Germany, and Pfizer. He was also involved in the nonprofit sector, lending his expertise to the American Academy in Berlin, the English-language public service radio station KCRW Berlin, and the John F. Kennedy Atlantic Forum, an organization dedicated to furthering trans-Atlantic entrepreneurial dialogue. He was a board member of the Tennessee World Affairs Council. TAKE AFSA — AND THE FSJ — WITH YOU! Send your address updates to