Jarrett Blanc is currently the Deputy Lead Coordinator and State Department Coordinator for Iran Nuclear Implementation at the U.S. Department of State, responsible for the full and effective implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Iran’s nuclear program. Successful implementation to date has required a detailed grasp of technical nuclear issues as well as finance and business issues, an ability to negotiate with Iran and other partners, and an ability to manage logistically difficult operations such as the transfer of sensitive nuclear materials.
Prior to this position, he was the Principal Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (SRAP) and Acting SRAP, where he oversaw the management and administrative support of two of the largest, most insecure, and most dependent U.S. Embassies in the world, as well as their consulates. He also played a key role in developing and implementing the international security assistance plan for Afghanistan, mediating the Afghan electoral process, leading efforts to spark an Afghan-led peace process, securing the negotiated release of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, and unwinding more than a decade of U.S. involvement in Afghan detention operations. He led the establishment of two multilateral bodies – the International Contact Group and the Istanbul Process – which are now models for international crisis coordination. During his government service, Mr. Blanc has received the State Department’s Distinguished Service Award and Medal for Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service, its highest civilian honor.
Before joining the State Department in 2009, Blanc spent many years working for the UN and others advising senior decision-makers on conflict termination and political transitions. He managed the first elections in Iraq and other complex infrastructure and governance operations in conflict and post-conflict areas such as Afghanistan, Kosovo, the Palestinian Authority, Lebanon, and Nepal. These positions oversaw complex bureaucratic organizations, some including thousands of employees and offices around the world.
Blanc has been a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow, a Visiting Scholar at the U.S. Institute of Peace, a Senior Policy Analyst at the Open Society Institute, and an adjunct professor at George Washington University. He has published a number of articles and book chapters and has lectured at West Point, Harvard, Princeton, and the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna.
Blanc holds an A.B. from Harvard University and an M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from Johns Hopkins University.