Academic Interests: Diplomacy, International Security and Arms Control, NATO, Russia and the former Soviet Union, Central and Eastern Europe
Course(s): Diplomat’s Role in Conflict (undergraduate course)
Biography: Former American diplomat Keith Eddins is a Pro Tem Instructor in CRES and Planning, Public Policy, and Management (PPPM). He has also taught for the Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies program (REEES). Immediately prior to retiring, Keith served as Chargé d'affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Bratislava, Slovakia, where he led an activist mission whose agenda emphasized anti-corruption policies, judicial independence, freedom of the press, and minority rights.
A professional diplomat for three decades, Keith also served at the U.S. Mission to NATO in Brussels, the American Embassy in Moscow, the American Embassy in Prague, the State Department’s Russia Desk and its NATO affairs office, and in the office of Secretary of State George P. Shultz. During those tours, he focused on U.S.-European relations, including conventional arms control, the dissolution of the USSR, Russia’s post-Soviet transition to fledgling democracy, and NATO’s outreach to its former Warsaw Pact adversaries. Keith has also worked at the American Embassy in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and in other Washington assignments. Over the course of his career, he received five individual Superior Honor Awards and two Meritorious Honor Awards, and figured prominently in group Superior Honor Awards at NATO, in Moscow, in Prague, and in several State Department offices.
Keith has a M.A. degree in Public and International Affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, and a B.A. from the University of Virginia. An avid language student, Keith has studied Russian, Czech, Slovak, Spanish, French, German, & American Sign Language.