I’m happy to announce that my friend and retired policy expert Paul Gallis, Ph.D., has joined the Board of Advisors of the Center for New Revenue. Paul’s unvarnished advice and punchy writing suggestions have helped me informally over the years. I’m delighted to have him agree to join this (still quite informal) Board.
Paul’s illustrious career is described in this Statement in the Congressional Record by Congressman John Tanner of Tennessee: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CREC-2008-06-11/html/CREC-2008-06-11-pt1-PgE1200-2.htm
A TRIBUTE TO PAUL E. GALLIS OF THE CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
HON. JOHN S. TANNER
in the House of Representatives
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Mr. TANNER. Madam Speaker, I rise today to honor the accomplishments of Dr. Paul E. Gallis, specialist in European Affairs with the Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Trade Division of the Congressional Research Service. Dr. Gallis is retiring on July 3, 2008, after serving the Nation for approximately 28 years in various positions at CRS, in the Senate, and in the State Department. In particular, Dr. Gallis served the Congress for 24 years as an expert in and objective observer of European security affairs. He has been the institutional memory of Congress on vital transatlantic political and security issues spanning multiple Congresses, several U.S. administrations, and key events in foreign policy. He has been an especially valued resource to Members and committees in Congress on all matters relating to the NATO alliance and relations with our European allies.
Dr. Gallis started working at CRS in June 1984 as an analyst in West European affairs. He came to CRS after working for 3 years in the office of Senator Joseph Biden as a policy advisor and speech writer. Before that, he served as a special assistant to Ambassador Rozanne Ridgway at the Department of State. Dr. Gallis received an M.A. and Ph.D. in European history at Brown University, and a B.A. in history and French from Davidson College. He studied at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes in Paris, France.
Dr. Gallis quickly emerged as a leading CRS expert on European security affairs. His early work focused on vital and often controversial cold war-era security issues such as the Strategic Defense Initiative, SDI, and allied responses; the conventional arms balance in Europe; and policy issues surrounding the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Force, INF, Treaty. With the end of the cold war, Dr. Gallis’s work incorporated significant changes in the transatlantic relationship, turning to burdensharing issues surrounding the first Persian Gulf war, as well as international diplomacy leading to Germany’s unification.
Throughout his career at CRS, Dr. Gallis served as an authority on NATO political affairs and the allied relationship. He produced numerous timely reports on NATO’s missions and institutional processes, including alliance partnership programs and enlargement. He led or coordinated important studies on NATO’s emerging operational challenges in the Balkans and in Afghanistan. Over the telephone and in person, Dr. Gallis frequently shared his expertise on these difficult issues with tact and judgment. His work informed thousands of Members and staff in congressional offices over the years as they grappled with the complex foreign policy and security issues of the day in hearings, legislative initiatives, and ongoing consultations with U.S. and foreign officials. In all of his work, Dr. Gallis upheld an unswerving commitment to the core CRS mission of supporting an informed national legislature with nonpartisan research and analysis.
In addition to the above, Dr. Gallis spent several years at CRS handling managerial duties as head of the Europe, Middle East, and Africa section of the Foreign Affairs Division. In this capacity he supervised the work of many CRS analysts and instilled in them his high standard of work and professionalism. He represented the Library of Congress at the National War College in 1991-1992.
I got to know Dr. Gallis personally in the context of his many years of intensive work with Congressional delegations to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. For the past several years, Dr. Gallis has been asked to serve as lead policy staff for delegations to the regular meetings of the NPA. In this capacity he has taken on yeoman’s work in coordinating preparatory research analysis for delegation[[Page E1201]]members, directing staff support for the NPA working sessions, and providing essential on-site expertise to Members. Paul has been an invaluable resource to me and the other Members of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. His knowledge of the issues facing the United States in regards to our relationship with our European allies is immeasurable and he is a truly valued resource to us in our discussions at these meetings. It goes without saying that he will be sorely missed by all the participants in the NATO Parliamentary Assembly meetings both here and abroad.
On behalf of my colleagues in Congress, I want to express my deep appreciation to Paul Gallis for his long service to the Congress and especially for his direct assistance to the United States Group of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. I will regret his absence in future NPA meetings but wish him well in his retirement.