Ambassador J.D. Bindenagel is the vice president for Community, Government and International Affairs at DePaul University. A former American ambassador and 28-year veteran of the U.S. diplomatic corps, Bindenagel has extensive experience in government and international affairs.
Bindenagel served in the U.S. Army, the State Department and in U.S. embassies in Germany in various capacities from 1972 to 2003. Notably, he was the U.S. deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin East Germany in 1989, where he helped negotiate the reunification of Germany. Additionally, he was appointed by President Clinton in 1999 as U.S. Ambassador and Special Envoy for Holocaust issues. From 2002-2003, Bindenagel was a special U.S. negotiator for "Conflict Diamonds," leading a negotiation that resulted in a worldwide ban on sales of illicit, rough "conflict" diamonds.
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