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John Graham has forged his role as a global leader over five decades. A U.S. Foreign Service Officer for fifteen years, he was in the middle of the (first) revolution in Libya in 1969, then led a team in one of the most difficult and dangerous areas of the war in Vietnam. For three years in the mid-seventies, he was a member of NATO’s top-secret Nuclear Planning Group, then served as a foreign policy advisor at the U.S. Congress for Senator John Glenn. At the United Nations, he led a team of American diplomats wrestling with the political and economic problems of the developing world. He's helped lead the Giraffe Heroes Project since 1984 and is now President of Giraffe Heroes International. His leadership of environmental groups in the Pacific Northwest has led to major progress on key issues.

Graham gives speeches and seminars on leadership and civic engagement all over the world. His books, articles and blogs make him a frequent commentator on major television and radio programs and in print.

Contact John Graham directly at or 425-931-5657, US Pacific Time

Living Room Talk

Living Room Talk is John Graham's new video blog. Its focus is mostly, but not entirely, on current issues and events. It's live on Facebook at 5 PM Pacific time Fridays but you can also see stored versions on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn. Twitter and this website.

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Updates & Interviews

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John Graham on Current US/Russia Tensions July 2021

I was again on Russian broadcast TV a few days ago, on their equivalent of CBS News, arguing that provocations by both Russia and NATO were creating a situation more dangerous than most people realize. The nukes are still there!

The weekly magazine news show I was on reaches tens of millions of people across Russia as well as Russian-speakers around the world, including 1.25 million on YouTube.

–former US diplomat and NATO nuclear war planner John Graham

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A Grandson Makes me Proud

December 2019. Author (and grandson) Andrew Waite takes my gear up Mt. Rainier from a classic first ascent I was part of on Denali 56 years ago. A great story

John Graham on Chaos in Libya 5-3-17

Egypt continues its military operations in Libya against Islamic-State-aligned militants. John Graham, a former US diplomat based in Libya, tells RT America’s Anya Parampil that “NATO should have known that ISIS thrives on chaos,” and that the need for US-Russian cooperation on Libya and related problems is vital.

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The Prinsendam Rescue--35th Reunion NPR interview--December 1, 2015

KPLU, a Seattle NPR affiliate, interviews John Graham and his daughter Malory, both survivors of the burning and sinking of the cruise ship Prinsendam in October 1980. The Coast Guard calls this rescue- in a violent storm in the Gulf of Alaska-- "the greatest air-sea rescue ever."

RT Interview: Terror Attacks in France 7-26-16

John Graham on RT Discusses Terror Attacks in France

Rainmakers TV Interviews John Graham on Egypt, Adventuring and More -- July 21, 2013

How Do We Be Safe?

What makes us safe in a very unsafe world? John Graham spoke at the Caux Forum on Human Security, a by-invitation global gathering of leaders he called “one of the most exciting and promising conferences I've been to in years.” Read his blog article.


Author and motivational speaker John Graham talks about his adventurous early years--and how they led to a life of service--on "KCTS 9 Connects" with host Enrique Cerna.

The Everyday Mystic

John Graham doesn't often get a chance to talk publicly about the three years he spent as as mystic, but a gathering on Whidbey Island gave him this opportunity.

Selected Articles About John Graham

Climbing the Wickersham Wall, Harvard Magazine

A Lifetime of Sticking His Neck Out, For a Change Initiatives of Change International Profile

In Praise of Giraffes, Harvard Magazine

Selected Articles by John Graham