How the best hope for avoiding a Russia crisis vanished without a trace
Elisabeth Brocking is retired from the U.S. Foreign Service, having spent most of her career working on and in Europe/Eurasia. During the 1990s, she focused on European security issues, including the CFE treaty, and the Balkan conflicts during assignments in Madrid, Washington, and The Hague. She subsequently headed the U.S. Embassy’s Branch Office in Banja Luka, Bosnia-Herzegovina from 1999-2000, serving as the primary working-level interlocutor with Bosnian Serbs during the aftermath of NATO’s conflict with Serbia and the implementation of key elements of the Dayton Peace Accords. Brocking served as the Counselor for Political and Economic Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi from 2003-05, during Georgia’s “Rose Revolution” and its aftermath. Brocking also served as an analyst in State’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research with portfolios including Ukraine, Moldova, and Romania as well as Russian foreign policy toward the Black Sea region. Brocking holds a PhD from Rice University.