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Arthur E. "Gene" Dewey
Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration
Term of Appointment: 01/30/2002 to 06/30/2005

Gene Dewey was sworn in on January 30, 2002 as Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration. He is responsible for overseeing United States Government policies regarding population, refugee and international migration issues and managing over $700 million in allocations for refugee protection, resettlement, and humanitarian assistance programs.

Mr. Dewey’s public and private career background cuts across several practitioner disciplines: military; diplomatic; United Nations, and nongovernmental organizations.

In 25 years as a military officer, his duties ranged from two Vietnam combat aviation assignments -- including command of a combat helicopter battalion -- to Chief of the Army’s Political-Military Division in the Pentagon.

During the "Refugee Decade" of the ‘80s, he served for 5 years in the State Department as Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau for Refugee Programs. Subsequently, he was named a United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and served 4 years in Geneva as UN Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees. In 1993, he was selected to head the NGO successor to the former House Select Committee on Hunger -- the Congressional Hunger Center. Over the past 5 years he has worked with military theater commands in Latin America, Europe, and Asia in bringing realistic political and humanitarian dimensions into post-Cold War military training exercises.

Mr. Dewey is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and received his Master’s degree from Princeton University. He was selected as a White House Fellow in 1968, and was appointed Director of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships in 1971. During his Army War College year he served as an Army Research Associate at the Graduate Institute for International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. Dewey was selected as a Senior Military Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations in New York in 1975.


Released on January 30, 2002

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