Thomas A. Dine

Senior Advisor, Search for Common Ground

Thomas A. Dine

Senior Advisor, Search for Common Ground

Thomas A. Dine has had an over 50-year career in foreign affairs and the politics of U.S. foreign policy. 

Mr. Dine regularly writes and speaks on foreign policy issues. He directed a Track II diplomacy effort between the United States and Syria ─ under the auspices of the conflict resolution NGO Search for Common Ground, in Washington, DC ─ last visiting Damascus following the commencement of the civil war in May 2011.

Mr. Dine began his career as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines (1962-64) and went overseas again to serve as personal assistant to Ambassador Chester Bowles at the U.S. embassy in New Delhi, India (1967-69). Afterwards, he worked on foreign policy legislation in the U.S. Senate for a decade: as legislative assistant for foreign policy to Senator Frank Church (1970-74), a senior national security director of the Senate Budget Committee (1975-1979), and defense and foreign policy adviser to Senator Edward Kennedy (1979-80). 

Mr. Dine subsequently served in top executive positions: for 13 years as executive director of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (1980-93), assistant administrator for Europe and Eurasia at USAID (1993-97), president of Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty in Prague, Czech Republic (1997-2005), and CEO of the San Francisco-based Jewish Community Federation (2005-07). 

Mr. Dine holds a B.A. from Colgate University, an M.A. in South Asian history from UCLA, and a M.L.A. from Johns Hopkins University. Married to Joan Corbett, Mr. Dine has two daughters and four grandchildren.

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