Life and career
He was assigned as a vice consul at the American Consulate General in Tangier
. He served as third secretary at the U.S. Embassy in Algiers
. In 1964 he became a rural development officer at the U.S. Embassy
, South Vietnam
, for the Agency for International Development
. He served in South Vietnam until 1969, when he returned to the State Department as officer in charge of Tunisian
affairs. From 1971 to 1973, he was first secretary at the U.S. Embassy in Tunis
, and following that, from 1973 to 1974, he was first secretary at the U.S. Embassy in Dacca
. From 1974 to 1975, he was Director of the Office of Plans and Management in the Bureau of Public Affairs and in late 1975 became Deputy Director of the President's Indo-China Task Force in the Department.
During his tenure in Lusaka, he played the role of point man for the Constructive Engagement policy of assistant secretary of state for African affairs Chester Crocker. Wisner worked well with Zambian president Kenneth Kaunda and helped to rebuild bilateral relations between Zambia and the USA after a 1980 spy scandal at the U.S. embassy in Lusaka. Crocker's efforts contributed to the organization and successful discussions at the February 1984 Lusaka Conference regarding conflicts in Angola and Namibia.
After retiring from government service in 1997, Wisner joined the board at a subsidiary of Enron
, the former energy company and served on the board of American International Group
In late 2002, Wisner co-chaired an independent working group that developed a model for the US's post-conflict role in Iraq, should an invasion occur. Their published recommendations included: the establishment of law and order through the retraining of the Iraqi army, focusing on the distribution of humanitarian assistance and reestablishment of vital services, and the importance of avoiding the appointment of exiled Iraqi opposition leaders to dominant positions in the new government.
2011 Egypt protests
In early 2011, the Obama administration asked Wisner to carry views to Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak, including advice that Mubarak should resign to defuse the crisis.[vague]
Wisner was unsuccessful in convincing Mubarak to do so. Four days later, after a day in which Mubarak allies took violent reprisal against democracy activists, Wisner spoke to a security conference in Europe and called it "crucial" that Mubarak stay on in the interest of "stability." The State Department immediately disavowed his comments and said Wisner had not been serving as an envoy but as a conduit for certain administration views.
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