The Changing World: U.S./China Relations
Winston Lord is a United States diplomat and leader of non-governmental foreign policy organizations. He served as the president of the Council of Foreign Relations between 1977 and 1985, Ambassador to China from 1985 to 1989 and Assistant Secretary of State between 1993 and 1997. He is a former member of the Steering Committee of the Bilderberg Group, and is currently Chairman Emeritus of the International Rescue Committee, the largest non-sectarian organization that both helps refugees abroad and resettles them in the United States.
For four decades Ambassador Lord has been at the center of U.S.-China relations. As Special Assistant to the National Security Advisor, he accompanied President Nixon on his historic opening in the early 1970’s, and Henry Kissinger on his secret visit to China in 1971, as well as subsequent trips by President Ford and Dr. Kissinger.
From 1985-1989 he served as Ambassador to Beijing under Presidents Reagan and Bush. From 1993-1997 he was Assistant Secretary of State in charge of all East Asian policy, including China, under President Clinton.
Between governmental posts Ambassador Lord has headed and helped direct a variety of private
organizations related to international affairs. He was President of the Council on Foreign Relations in 1977-1985. In the early 1990s he was Chairman of the National Endowment for Democracy and Chairman of the Carnegie Endowment National Commission on America and the New World.
Ambassador Lord earned a B.A. from Yale (Magna Cum Laude) and an M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (first in the class). He has received several honorary degrees, the State Department’s Distinguished Honor Award and the Defense Department’s Outstanding Performance Award. Lord has appeared on all major media networks and his writings include articles in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Time and Foreign Affairs.
He is currently a director of the U.S. Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, a global advisor to the Women's Tennis Association, trustee of the Trilateral Commission, Vice Chair of the NCAFP Northeast Asia Security Forum, and member of the Council on Foreign Relations.