Lorne Craner is a co-Director of the Transatlantic Renewal Initiative, a new organization dedicated to reviving U.S. ties with Central and Eastern Europe. Craner stepped down earlier this year as President of the International Republican Institute, a position he had held since 2004. He was also IRI’s President from 1995-2001 and its Vice President from 1992-95.
Craner served as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor in the first term of the George W. Bush administration. Upon his departure, he received the State Department’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award, from Secretary Colin Powell. His other government service includes Director of Asian Affairs at the National Security Council under General Brent Scowcroft, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs under James Baker, both in the George H.W. Bush administration.
Craner began his career on Capitol Hill, working for Senator John McCain and for Congressman Jim Kolbe in the 1980s. A graduate of Georgetown University (MA) and Reed College (BA), Craner is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Academy of Diplomacy.