About African Awards Nominee

Nominee Humanitarian

John Stremlau, Ph.D.

Vice President, Peace Programs

Dr. John Stremlau is vice president for peace programs at The Carter Center, named to the post in January 2006. He oversees the Center’s programs to advance human rights, democracy and conflict resolution globally, regional cooperation in the Americas, and promotion of grassroots democracy, rule of law, and social justice in China.

For the past eight years he resided in South Africa where he was Jan Smuts Professor and Head of International Relations and the founding director of the Centre for Africa’s International Relations at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Previously, he served as senior advisor to the Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict in Washington, D.C. (1994-1998), deputy-director for policy planning in the office of the U.S. Secretary of State (1989-1994), strategic planning officer for the World Bank (1988-1989), and an officer of the Rockefeller Foundation (1974-1987), directing its international relations division from 1984-1987.

At the Rockefeller Foundation, his responsibilities included supporting research and training in the fields of international security, arms control, and international economic cooperation. He also administered a special trustee-supported program to fund black leadership development in South Africa.

Dr. Stremlau publishes extensively on foreign affairs and is a frequent media commentator on international network news programs. He authored “The International Politics of the Nigerian Civil War,” and edited several books. He comments frequently on foreign affairs, including more than 200 opinion pieces for South African and international media since 1998.