Buckley Announces Establishment of Paul Bremer Fellowship Fund

The Buckley Institute is pleased to announce the creation of the Paul Bremer Fellowship Fund thanks to the generous support of L. Paul Bremer III ’63. The fund will support one Yale student annually to participate in the Buckley Institute’s Washington, D.C. Fellowship

“Paul Bremer’s generous support of the Buckley Institute is a testament to the impact we are having on the future leaders at Yale,” said Buckley Institute Founder and Executive Director Lauren Noble ’11. “The Bremer Fund will equip the Buckley Institute to give deserving Yale students a chance to build valuable connections that will define their futures and further their understanding of American government. We appreciate Ambassador Bremer’s long-term vision for Buckley, his life-long commitment to public service, and his dedication to promoting the ideals that are crucial to sustaining a free society.”

“I am delighted to be able to support the Buckley Institute,” Ambassador Paul Bremer said. “The Institute is dedicated to programs promoting the key economic and political founding principles which have made America the world’s leading example of just rule by the people. I encourage Yale students take advantage of the Institute’s many effective programs.”

Every year, the Buckley Institute brings a select group of students to Washington, D.C. for a week to meet with the key voices shaping national policy and the public debate. Participating students get an inside look at the opportunities that exist in Washington, D.C. and regularly return from the trip with a better understanding of what career path they would like to pursue after graduation. Past trips have included meetings with a Supreme Court Justice, former Cabinet Secretaries, sitting members of Congress, prominent journalists, and influential voices in the national conversation.

For more information on the Washington, D.C. Fellowship, check out the Buckley Institute website.

L. Paul Bremer III ’63

L. Paul Bremer IIl '63 established the Paul Bremer Fellowship Fund supporting one student to attend the Buckley Institute's annual trip to Washington, D.C.

L. Paul Bremer III’s career includes decades of work in public service, business, and the not-for-profit sector.  

His diplomatic service spanned eight Presidents. He was Special Assistant to six Secretaries of State and Henry Kissinger’s Chief of Staff. His overseas assignments included Afghanistan, Malawi, and Norway. President Ronald Reagan appointed him Ambassador to the Netherlands (1983-86) and then Ambassador at Large for Counter Terrorism (1986-89).  

In the 1990s, Bremer was Managing Director of Kissinger Associates, a strategic consulting firm, and, subsequently, Chairman and CEO of Marsh Crisis Consulting Company. He served on a number of public company boards including Air Products and Chemicals, Komatsu Industry, Akzo-Nobel, and Alelo.

In 1999, Bremer was appointed Chairman of the Bipartisan National Commission on Terrorism. In June 2000, the Commission reported that the United States faced a growing threat from Islamic terrorism. After 9/11, President George W. Bush appointed him to the President’s Homeland Security Advisory Commission.  

In 2003, the President recalled Bremer to government service as Presidential Envoy to Iraq, charged with beginning the country’s political and economic reconstruction. Bremer wrote a best-selling book, My Year in Iraq: The Struggle to Build a Future of Hope (2006). Bremer has been awarded numerous awards for his public service including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. 

Since leaving government service, Bremer has continued to be active in several not-for-profit organizations. He served as CEO of World Team Sports, which organizes sport events for the disabled, and on the Board of Catholic Charities. He is a Trustee of the C and O Canal Trust and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.  

Mr. Bremer received his B.A. from Yale University, a CEP from the Institut D’Etudes Politiques of the University of Paris, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. He has an Honorary Doctor of Law degree from Ave Maria University.

Bremer is currently a professional ski instructor and an avid cyclist. In 2010 he led a 4,000-mile cross country ride for wounded warriors. He tells this dramatic story in his book From Sea to Shining Sea. His oil paintings have been exhibited in many cities. His languages are French, Norwegian, and Dutch. He lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland.