Phillips Talbot "served in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations as assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern and South Asian affairs and as the U.S. ambassador to Greece. He is a former president and trustee of the Asia Society. Phil, who was an ICWA fellow in India, 1938-1941, covered the achievement of independence by India and Pakistan as South Asian correspondent for the Chicago Daily News. From 1951 to 1961 he directed the American Universities Field Staff and was its staff specialist on South Asia. He was a trustee of the US-Japan Foundation, the China Institute, East Asian History of Science, Inc., the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia, Universities Field Staff International, and the Aspen Institute (emeritus).“ 
- Trustee, Institute of Current World Affairs
- ”Biography”, Accessed January 2007.