Andrew Snow is currently the State Department fellow at USIP. A senior foreign service officer, he has spent most of his career at State working on international economic issues. His most recent assignment was economic counselor at the U.S. Mission to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, France. Prior to that, he worked for several years on Iraq issues: as the economic counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad (2013-14), as the director of the Office of Iraq Economic Affairs at the State Department in Washington (2011-13), and as the team leader of the U.S. Regional Reconstruction Team in Erbil (2009-10). 

Mr. Snow has also served in Ankara, Abidjan, and Nouakchott, and worked in the State Department Economic Bureau’s Office of Monetary Affairs in Washington. Prior to joining the State Department in 1991, he had an eleven-year career in international banking with Manufacturers Hanover Trust. From 1983-86, he represented Manufacturers Hanover in West Africa, based in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. From 1975-78, he was a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon. 

Mr. Snow holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and master’s degrees from the American Graduate School of International Management and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at National Defense University. He is married with four grown sons.

Publications By Andrew

Kurdistan Region’s Debt Crisis Threatens Iraq’s Economy

Kurdistan Region’s Debt Crisis Threatens Iraq’s Economy

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

By: Andrew Snow

As Iraq’s parliamentary elections approach this weekend, destabilizing disputes with the Kurdistan Region remain unresolved. Perhaps the most intractable, and least discussed, is how to address the insolvency of the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). It’s a simmering crisis that threatens Iraq’s economic future and political unity, and one that the central government needs to step up and help defuse.

Economics & Environment

Kurdistan and Baghdad: A Tangled Web Over Oil and Budgets

Kurdistan and Baghdad: A Tangled Web Over Oil and Budgets

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

By: Andrew Snow

The economy of Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region is on the brink of collapse; only the central government in Baghdad can stop an economic free fall that’s already damaging the broader Iraqi economy. While a rapid, negotiated solution to this crisis is essential to stabilize and unify Iraq—and reassure investors needed for post-ISIS reconstruction—a host of complex issues over oil and the national budget stand in the way.

Economics & Environment

Iraq’s Impasse with Kurds Puts Post-ISIS Stabilization at Risk

Iraq’s Impasse with Kurds Puts Post-ISIS Stabilization at Risk

Thursday, January 11, 2018

By: Andrew Snow

The impasse between Iraq’s central government and its Kurdistan Region is building into an economic problem, and both sides need to quickly find a way to negotiate a solution. While political conflict between the authorities in Baghdad and the regional capital of Erbil has been quieter since Iraqi troops ousted Kurdish forces from disputed territories in October, the Kurdish region’s economy is unraveling, with risks for both sides.

Economics & Environment; Mediation, Negotiation & Dialogue; Democracy & Governance

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