Sunday, January 15, 2012

Strobe Talbott, Hotchkiss '64, to Chair Foreign Affairs Policy Board

Stroke Talbott, Hotchkiss '64, has been named Chairman of the State Department's newly formed Foreign Affairs Policy Board. This will be a permanent panel modeled after the Pentagon's Defense Policy Board and will advise Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on pressing issues facing the department. The board consists of 25 members each whom will serve a two-year term.


He previously served as Ambassador-at-Large (Soviet Union) and then as Deputy Secretary of State - a total of 8 years under the Clinton administration. He described his appointment as "an opportunity to serve in the State Department once again and work for someone I greatly admire and whom I have known since my wife [the late Brooke Shearer] and I met Hillary in 1971 when she and Bill Clinton were at Yale Law School together." Talbott's relationship with President Clinton reaches back further; the two men were roommates at Oxford as Rhodes Scholars in 1968.


Stroke Talbott currently serves as the President of Brooking Institution, one of America's oldest think tanks located in Washington, DC. Its mission statement reads, "provide innovative and practical recommendations that advance three broad goals: strengthen American democracy; foster the economic and social welfare, security and opportunity of all Americans; and secure a more open, safe, prosperous and cooperative international system." Talbott is also the author of numerous books including, most recently, Fast Forward: Ethics and Politics in the Age of Global Warming, with William Antholis.


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