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The Cyrus R. Vance Fellowship in Diplomatic Studies

The Cyrus R. Vance Fellowship in Diplomatic Studies is offered to an outstanding Foreign Service officer with strong career prospects who will spend a year on educational assignment as a resident fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. The year provides the fellow with an opportunity to expand his or her understanding of international relations, with time away from public service to reflect on issues of U.S. foreign policy. The fellowship was established in 1975 and was renamed in 2002 to honor former Secretary of State Cyrus R. Vance.

Cyrus R. Vance (1917–2002)

Cyrus R. Vance
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Cyrus R. Vance had a long career in government and in law. He joined Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in 1946, and continued to work at the firm throughout his career, excluding periods of government service. He was secretary of the U.S. Army from 1961 to 1962, and served as deputy secretary of defense from 1964 to 1967. In 1968, Vance was designated one of the lead negotiators at the Vietnam peace talks in Paris. He served as secretary of state from 1977 to 1980, during which he played a crucial role in the Camp David Accords between Israel and Egypt. He later headed numerous diplomatic missions and remained an active philanthropist. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Council on Foreign Relations for thirteen years and served as vice chairman for five years.

Cyrus R. Vance Fellows

Douglas P. Climan

E. Candace Putnam

Jacob Walles

J. Anthony Holmes

Evans J.R. Revere, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs

Christopher J. LaFleur, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs

Helena Kane Finn, U.S. Embassy, Ankara, Turkey

Morton Holbrook, U.S. Embassy, Beijing, China

Neil E. Silver, Minister-Counselor for Political Affairs, U.S. Embassy, Tokyo, Japan

Victoria Nuland, Chief of Staff to Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott

James F. Dobbins, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Inter-American Affairs, National Security Council

Robert T. Grey Jr., Political Counselor, U.S. Mission to the United Nations

John Hirsch, Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy, Johannesburg, South Africa

Charles A. Schmitz, Political Advisor to the U.S. Air Forces in Europe

Harry C. Blaney III, Office of Oceans, Environment, and Science

Robert Ober Jr., Political Officer, U.S. Embassy, Moscow, USSR

Alan Romberg, Country Director for Japan

Philip Stoddard, Acting Deputy Director for Research

Parker W. Borg, Principal Officer, U.S. Consulate, Lubumbashi, Zaire

William G. Walker, Chief of Political Section, U.S. Embassy, San Salvador, El Salvador

Anton W. DePorte, Western Europe Specialist, State Department Planning and Coordination Staff

R. Grant Smith, Political Officer, U.S. Embassy, New Delhi, India

E. Allan Wendt, Financial Economist, U.S. Mission to European Communities, Brussels, Belgium

Note: Titles reflect fellows’ positions just prior to joining CFR.