William G. Miller

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William G. Miller

"Ambassador Miller is a Senior Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He has led a distinguished career in the U.S. Foreign Service, U.S. Senate staff, academia, foundations, and non-profit organizations. Prior to joining the Wilson Center, he served as the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine from 1993 to 1998. Ambassador Miller had previously served as political officer for the U.S. Embassy in Tehran from 1962 to 1964 as well as the U.S. Consulate in Isfahan, Iran from 1959 to 1962. He spent 14 years on Capitol Hill, where he served as the staff director for three different Senate committees, including the Select Committee on Intelligence. Ambassador Miller has taught at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, and Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies. He has published numerous articles on U.S.-Soviet and U.S.-Iran relations, and served as President of the American Committee on U.S.-Soviet Relations." [1]

"Educated at Williams College, Oxford and Harvard, Ambassador Miller entered the Foreign Service in 1959, serving five years in Iran, and later in Washington as a line officer and in the office of Secretary of State Dean Rusk. The Ambassador went to the United States Senate during the Vietnam War in 1967 where he served as adviser to Senator John Sherman Cooper for foreign policy, arms control and defense policy. Ambassador Miller had an important role in forging the legislation that brought the Vietnam War to an end. He also contributed to the successful efforts to ratify the SALT I and ABM Treaties. His work as staff director of three special Senate committees led to constructive solutions of the problems arising from national emergencies and delegated presidential emergency powers, war powers, national commitments, the constitutional oversight of the intelligence activities of the United States, and a broad range of foreign policy, arms control and defense issues. In 1981 the United States Senate passed a special resolution commending Ambassador Miller "for exceptional contributions and for his dedication, loyalty, integrity, and service."

"From 1981 to 1983 Ambassador Miller was associate dean and professor of International Politics of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. As a research associate at both Tufts and Harvard and as a Fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics in 1986, he researched foreign policy and defense issues. In 1986 Ambassador Miller returned to Washington as President of the American Committee on United States-Soviet Relations. He traveled frequently throughout the Soviet Union and obtained a first-hand knowledge of the great changes taking place.

"As president of the International Foundation during the period of Perestroika, the Ambassador worked with Andrei Sakharov, Tatiana Zaglavskaya, Evegenii Velikhov, Roald Sagdeev, Robert McNamara, Dr. Jerome Wiesner, Father Theodore Hesburgh and others on human rights, arms control, and environmental, political and economic issues of concern to the United States and the Soviet Union. He was a senior consultant to the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and president of the Committee on American-Russian Relations. He has written extensively on foreign policy and defense issues and was elected to the National Academy of Public Administration in 1984 "for distinguished contributions and personal commitment to the public service." He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, The International Institute of Strategic Studies, and the Middle East Institute.

"Ambassador Miller is married to Suzanne Lisle Miller..." [2]

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  1. William G. Miller, American Iranian Council, accessed November 28, 2007.
  2. William G. Miller, ukraine.usembassy, accessed April 5, 2011.
  3. Directors, ISAR, accessed November 28, 2007.
  4. International Advisory Board, Orange Circle, accessed April 5, 2011.