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Marc E. Knapper
Marc Knapper is currently serving as the Director of the Department of State’s Office of Japanese Affairs. Prior to this assignment, he was Political Counselor in the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. He has also served as Deputy Chief of the Political Section in the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo and Political Counselor in Hanoi. Previously, he had assignments in the Office for Chinese and Mongolian Affairs in the Department of State, the U.S. Embassy in Seoul (twice), and in Tokyo as the aide to Ambassador Walter Mondale. Marc has twice traveled to the DPRK on Department business: once in 1997 as the State Department’s representative to the Spent Fuel Team in Yongbyon, and again in 2000 as part of the advance team for then-Secretary Albright’s visit to Pyongyang.
Marc graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University with a BA in Politics and a minor in East Asian Studies. After graduation, he studied for two years at the University of Tokyo as a visiting graduate research student in international relations on a Monbusho scholarship and worked in the Liberal Democratic Party’s International Bureau. He is also a graduate of the Army War College. Marc speaks Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese.