Larry Schwartz

Consultant, Strategic Communications and International Management

Larry Schwartz is a consultant in strategic communications and global management working with media and association clients in the United States and the Middle East to build substantive and enduring economic partnerships.  Formerly, he was a senior State Department official and spokesman with over 34 years of diplomatic engagement, particularly in the Middle East and Asia.  As Deputy Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs from 2014-17 he had leadership responsibility for U.S. public affairs, public diplomacy and educational engagement at 17 embassies across the Middle East region, and previously served in senior roles overseas in Egypt, Pakistan and India. 

 

Mr. Schwartz launched and co-chaired the 38-nation Communications Work Group of the Global Coalition to defeat the so-called Islamic State and founded a counter-terrorist messaging center in cooperation with the UAE.  As part of this work, Mr. Schwartz pressed U.S. efforts to block terrorists and criminal gangs from raising funds by trafficking illegally plundered cultural heritage in the Middle East and North Africa – negotiating a cultural property protection agreement with Egypt and advancing discussions with several other governments. 

 

During the peace negotiations and summits following the Oslo Accords Mr. Schwartz served as U.S. spokesperson in Israel and he was, over the years, engaged in supporting critical transitional elections in Egypt, Tunisia, Afghanistan, South Africa, and the Philippines.

 

Mr. Schwartz is the recipient of several State Department honor awards for diplomatic achievements, including the Secretary of State’s Career Achievement Award.

Larry Schwartz

Consultant, Strategic Communications and International Management

Larry Schwartz is a consultant in strategic communications and global management working with media and association clients in the United States and the Middle East to build substantive and enduring economic partnerships.  Formerly, he was a senior State Department official and spokesman with over 34 years of diplomatic engagement, particularly in the Middle East and Asia.  As Deputy Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs from 2014-17 he had leadership responsibility for U.S. public affairs, public diplomacy and educational engagement at 17 embassies across the Middle East region, and previously served in senior roles overseas in Egypt, Pakistan and India. 

 

Mr. Schwartz launched and co-chaired the 38-nation Communications Work Group of the Global Coalition to defeat the so-called Islamic State and founded a counter-terrorist messaging center in cooperation with the UAE.  As part of this work, Mr. Schwartz pressed U.S. efforts to block terrorists and criminal gangs from raising funds by trafficking illegally plundered cultural heritage in the Middle East and North Africa – negotiating a cultural property protection agreement with Egypt and advancing discussions with several other governments. 

 

During the peace negotiations and summits following the Oslo Accords Mr. Schwartz served as U.S. spokesperson in Israel and he was, over the years, engaged in supporting critical transitional elections in Egypt, Tunisia, Afghanistan, South Africa, and the Philippines.

 

Mr. Schwartz is the recipient of several State Department honor awards for diplomatic achievements, including the Secretary of State’s Career Achievement Award.