A diplomat who worked to mediate crises in South Asia and the Middle East. Following his Fellowship he served in India during World War II as a U.S. Naval Liaison officer and in China as an Assistant Naval Attaché. Mr. Talbot helped to found the American Universities Field Staff and served as its executive director from 1951-1961, during which time he received his doctorate from the University of Chicago. In 1961 he was appointed by President John F. Kennedy to serve as assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern and South Asian affairs. He then served as U.S. ambassador to Greece from 1965-1969 and during his time as ambassador a military coup overthrew the Greek government. Upon his return from Greece he served as President of the Asia Society until his retirement in 1981. Mr. Talbot is the author of multiple books, including a compilation of his ICWA newsletters entitled An American Witness to India’s Partition (2007).
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