The Peter G. Peterson Chair, Editor of Foreign Affairs

The Peter G. Peterson Chair is reserved for the editor of Foreign Affairs in recognition of Mr. Peterson’s extraordinary service to the Council as Chairman of the Board of Directors from 1985 and member since 1971. Under Mr. Peterson’s watch as chairman, the Council has undergone the most vigorous period of growth in its history. It is fitting that Mr. Peterson’s considerable achievements and contributions as chairman are recognized in naming the editor of the Council’s flagship publication the Peter G. Peterson Chair.

Peter G. Peterson

Mr. Peterson is senior chairman and co-founder of The Blackstone Group, a private investment banking firm. He is founding president of The Concord Coalition, a bipartisan citizens group dedicated to fiscal responsibility; chairman of the Institute for International Economics; and former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

In government, he served as assistant to the president for international economic affairs, secretary of commerce, and headed several commissions concerned with U.S. productivity and U.S.-Soviet economic relations.

He has had extensive experience in the private sector, which includes serving as chairman and chief executive officer of Lehman Brothers and its successor company from 1973 to 1984, and chief executive officer of Bell and Howell from 1963 to 1971.

He is the author of several books, including Running on Empty: How the Democratic and Republican Parties Are Bankrupting Our Future and What Americans Can Do About It and Gray Dawn: How the Coming Age Wave Will Transform America—and the World.

Peter G. Peterson Editors of Foreign Affairs:

2010–  Gideon Rose
1997–2010  James F. Hoge, Jr.