March 30, 2007
Director of Media Relations
AMHERST, Mass.—Strobe Talbott, the John J. McCloy ’16 Professor of American Institutions and International Relations at Amherst College, president of the Brookings Institute and former deputy secretary of state, will speak on “A Consequential Aberration: George W. Bush’s Foreign Policy—and Beyond” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, in the Cole Assembly Room in Converse Hall at Amherst College. Talbott’s talk is free and open to the public.
Talbott served in the State Department from 1993 until 2001, for a year as special advisor for the new independent states of the former Soviet Union and then for seven years as deputy. He entered government service after 21 years as a journalist for TIME magazine. His last position there was as editor-at-large and foreign affairs columnist. He was earlier the Washington bureau chief, a diplomatic correspondent, White House correspondent, State Department correspondent and Eastern Europe correspondent, based in Belgrade.
Talbott continues to write articles and essays in The Economist, The Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times, Slate and The Washington Post. His books include Engaging India: Diplomacy, Democracy, and the Bomb (2004), The Age of Terror: America and the World After September 11 (co-editor with Nayan Chanda, 2001), At the Highest Levels: The Inside Story of the End of the Cold War (with Michael Beschloss, 1993), The Master of the Game: Paul Nitze and the Nuclear Peace (1988), Reagan and Gorbachev (with Michael Mandelbaum, 1987), The Russians and Reagan (1984), Deadly Gambits: The Reagan Administration and the Stalemate in Nuclear Arms Control (1984), Endgame: The Inside Story of Salt II ( 1979), Khrushchev Remembers: The Last Testament (with Edward Crankshaw, 1974) and Khrushchev Remembers (1970).
After graduating from Yale University with a B.A. degree in 1968, Talbott studied for three years at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.
The John J. McCloy ’16 Professorship was established at Amherst College in 1983 to honor John J. McCloy and his outstanding career of service and accomplishment in American politics and international diplomacy.