Strobe Talbott

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Strobe Talbott (1946-) is an American diplomat and journalist who became President of the Brookings Institution in 2002. He is a member of the Aspen Strategy Group and of the advisory board of America Abroad Media.

He was a Rhodes Scholar classmate of Bill Clinton and campaigned for George McGovern. His board service included Yale University, Hotchkiss School, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Council on Foreign Relations.

Research and education

After leaving State in 2001, he became Director, Yale Center for the Study of Globalization at Yale University. Writing for Family Security Matters, John Fonte, of the Hudson Institute, described him as a "left of center globalist."[1]

In 2004, he discussed the evolving relationship between the U.S. and India. Asked if his writing reflected sympathy that the global nuclear nonproliferation regime was unfair, he responded "I have intellectual sympathy for this position but this intellectual sympathy does not lead me to support the Indian decision to test because there were and are larger stakes."[2]


He became Deputy Secretary of State in 1992, after serving as Ambassador-at-Large and Special Adviser to the Secretary of State on the New Independent States (NIS).


He came to State after spending 21 years with Time, including assignments as Editor-at-Large, Washington Bureau Chief, and diplomatic correspondent. As a journalist, he twice won the Edward Weintal Prize for distinguished reporting on foreign affairs and diplomacy in 1980 and 1985. His contributions were also cited in three Overseas Press Club Awards to TIME, in 1982, 1987, and 1989.

Smuggling Nikita Khruschev's memoirs to the West, he translated and published them, and was barred for several years from the Soviet Union.


  • B.A., Russian Studies, Yale University, 1968
  • M.Litt. and Rhodes Scholar, Russian studies, Oxford University, 1971


  1. John Fonte (18 June 2008), Global Governance vs. the Liberal Democratic Nation State, Family Security Matters
  2. Interview with Strobe Talbott, Asia Society, 27 October 2004