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Winston Lord

Chairman Emeritus
International Rescue Committee
Former US Ambassador to China

Published October 25, 2012 10:53

Winston Lord currently serves as Chairman Emeritus of the International Rescue Committee, the largest non-sectarian organization that both helps refugees abroad and resettles them in the United States. The IRC operates in some 40 countries and 25 American cities. Lord has had a long career of bipartisan service in the U.S. government and the private sector.

For four decades Lord has been at the center of U.S.-China relations. As Special Assistant to the National Security Advisor he accompanied Henry Kissinger on his secret visit to China and President Nixon on his historic opening in the early 1970s, as well as subsequent trips by President Ford and Dr. Kissinger. From 1985-1989 he served as Ambassador to Beijing under Presidents Reagan and Bush. From 1993-1997 he was Assistant Secretary of State in charge of all East Asian policy, including China, under President Clinton.

Lord was the State Department Director of Policy Planning 1973-1977. He served in a variety of assignments in the Defense Department and the Foreign Service in the 1960's.

Between governmental posts Lord has headed and helped direct a variety of private organizations related to international affairs. He was President of the Council on Foreign Relations in 1977-1985. In the early 1990s he was Chairman of the National Endowment for Democracy and Chairman of the Carnegie Endowment National Commission on America and the New World.

Lord earned a B.A. from Yale (Magna Cum Laude) and an M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (first in the class). He has received several honorary degrees, the State Department's Distinguished Honor Award and the Defense Department's Outstanding Performance Award. Lord has appeared on all major media networks and his writings include articles in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Time and Foreign Affairs.

Lord is married to the international best-selling author Bette Bao Lord and they are the parents of Elizabeth and Winston.