A retired career diplomat from the U.S. Department of State, Annie is a senior non-resident associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a public commentator on foreign policy.
She was acting deputy assistant secretary of state for Afghanistan and deputy chief of mission in Kabul, one of the largest U.S. embassies in the world. Her 30-year diplomatic career focused on security, rule of law, and human rights policy, and included working in the National Security Council on Central American migration.
She also served overseas in South Africa, El Salvador, Turkey, Colombia, and Mexico. Ms. Pforzheimer received the State Department’s 2001 recognition for human rights reporting, as well as numerous honor awards.
She is a graduate of Harvard University and the National Defense University, and speaks Spanish.