Critically acclaimed author of psycho-political thrillers. He is STEVE PIECZENIK also the co-creator and best-seller of the New York Times bestsellers “Tom Clancy’s Op-Center” and “Tom Clancy’s Net Force” book series. He is also one the most skilled international crisis managers and hostage negotiators in the world. His twenty-years of experience in solving international crises for five U.S. governments is the basis of his novels.

Steve Pieczenik CREDENTIALS

Dr. Steve Pieczenik earned his B.A. Cornell University. He received his B.A. in Psychology at Harvard, and has an M.D. Cornell University Medical College, and a Ph.D.

He was the first psychiatrist to ever receive a PhD. He is the only psychiatrist ever to have been a Deputy Secretary of State, with his focus on international relations. He was the Deputy Secretary of State for four presidents under Nixon, Ford and Carter. Dr. Steve Pieczenik was directly connected to and reported directly from Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger and Cyrus Vance, George Schultz, James Baker and the respective White Houses. Dr. Pieczenik was drafted to the Vietnam War. He was assigned to the Public Health Services at the rank of Navy Captain (0-6), and was responsible for running three psychiatric units at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Washington, D.C., which included a ward that housed serial killers. After being promoted to Rear Admiral (0-7), he declined the offer. He felt honored to have served his country and wanted to continue his career as a doctor, entrepreneur, and novelist.


Dr. Steve Pieczenik is an expert on psychological warfare, political psychology and regime change. He also has intelligence, counterintelligence, covert operations, and counterintelligence. As a senior State Department official Dr. Pieczenik Steve used his unique skills and expertise to create strategies and tactics that were crucial in the resolution of major conflicts in Asia and Latin America.

International Crisis

Dr. Steve Pieczenik was the International Crisis Manager and hostage negotiator under Secretaries Kissinger, Vance. He developed conflict resolution strategies that saved over 500 hostages during a variety of terrorist episodes. These included the Hanafi Muslim Siege, Washington, DC, TWA Croatian Hijacking and the JRA Hijacking and the PLO Hijacking. There were many other incidents involving terrorists like Muammar Quaddafi and Carlos as well as FARC, Abu Nidal, Saddam Hussein, Idi Amin and Muammar Qudafi. These experiences led Dr. Pieczenik and other State Department officials to develop the mandate for Delta Force and other quick-strike units of special forces that could be used in hostage situations or international crises. Over President Carter’s handling the Iran Hostage Siege, Dr. Pieczenik steve quit. Dr. Richard Solomon recruited him to the RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA to help develop strategies and tactics that used psychological warfare principles to demolish the Soviet Union without resorting to military force.

He was then recruited to the Reagan Policy Planning Staff of the State Department. Dr. Pieczenik, while at the State Department was charged with creating and implementing regime changes in Panama to overthrow President Manuel Noriega. General Noriega accused Dr. Pieczenik of being an “assassin” who neutralized several of Noriega’s associates. This accusation Dr. Pieczenik does not confirm nor deny.

Dr. Pieczenik was involved in the development of negotiation strategies for major U.S. Soviet arms control summits during the Reagan administration. Dr. Pieczenik also assisted in the development of negotiation strategies for major U.S.-Soviet arms control summits under the Reagan administration. Dr. Pieczenik, a chief architect of Paris’s Cambodian Peace Conference in 1991, was also a key figure.

Dr. Richard Solomon has collaborated with him to create the theoretical basis of the Chinese Negotiating Behavioral Strategy. This strategy is a landmark in transcultural negotiations.