David Ranz, a diplomat for over 25 years, joins us to discuss his career and his current job as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs. He walks us through the history of US-Pakistan relations from pre-Cold War to present day, why Pakistan’s relationship with India affects its relationship with Afghanistan and other neighbors, why the US is concerned about terrorist organizations operating in Pakistan, and current challenges in the US-Pakistan relationship including nuclear weapons policies. Mr Ranz shares valuable insider knowledge from his decades of experience in the State Department, including clarification of the recent announcement suspension of military assistance to Pakistan. “Democracy is predicated on the notion of an informed public,” Mr Ranz tells us, sharing his advice on how American citizens can continue to follow State Department updates and to find credible sources on international news and global events.
About David Ranz
A native of New York, David J. Ranz is a member of the Senior Foreign Service. A career diplomat since 1992 focused on the Arab and Muslim world, Mr. Ranz is currently Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia (India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Maldives) in the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs. He was formerly Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Pakistan, and prior to that, Director of the Office of Pakistan Affairs. Mr. Ranz previously served as Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., Acting Deputy Chief of Mission, and Counselor for Political Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt; and as Spokesman and Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. Mr. Ranz has also served in Rabat, Morocco; Jerusalem; Karachi, Pakistan; and Washington, DC. Mr. Ranz was the 2004 recipient of the U.S. Department of State’s Herbert Salzman Award for International Economic Performance, and 2013 runner-up for the James Clement Dunn Award for Excellence. Mr. Ranz has also received five State Department Superior Honor Awards, and a U.S. Department of the Army Commander’s Award for Public Service from General (ret.) David Petraeus. Mr. Ranz graduated summa cum laude from Yale University in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, and received a Master in Public Policy degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University in 2005. Mr. Ranz is married to Taly Lind, a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development, and has two children. He speaks Arabic, French, and Hebrew.