Brad Freden has been a Foreign Service Officer for 22 years. He is currently assigned to the U.S. Naval War College, where he is completing a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies. His previous assignments include Deputy Chief of Mission and Charge’ d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Ljubljana, Slovenia; Counselor for Political and Economic Affairs in Sofia, Bulgaria; Political-Military Affairs Officer in Prague, Czech Republic; Political Officer in Colombo, Sri Lanka; and Vice Consul in Merida, Mexico. He also served in Washington in the State Department’s Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs and the State Department Operations Center. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Mr. Freden served in the U.S. Air Force. Mr. Freden is a graduate of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where he received a Master of Arts in International Relations, and Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where he majored in International Politics. He is originally from California.