Samuel W. Lewis served as Hamilton's Linowitz professor previously in 1995.
A cum laude graduate of Yale University with a master's degree in international relations from The Johns Hopkins University, Lewis was a foreign service officer for 31 years, retiring in 1985. In his last diplomatic post, he served for eight years, from 1977 to 1985, as United States Ambassador to Israel, first appointed by President Carter and then reaffirmed by President Reagan.
During those years, he was a prominent actor in Arab-Israeli negotiations, including participation in the 1978 Camp David Conference and subsequent negotiations which led to peace between Israel and Egypt.
Lewis joined the Clinton Administration as director of the Secretary of State's Policy Planning Staff in February 1993. He retired for the second time from the U.S. Government in February 1994. Immediately prior to that appointment, he had served for more than five years as president and chief executive officer of the United States Institute of Peace, an independent U.S. Government agency established by Congress to promote peaceful resolution of international conflicts.
During his lengthy diplomatic career, Lewis also served as assistant secretary of state for international organization affairs, as deputy director of the Policy Planning Staff, as a senior staff member of the National Security Council, as a member of the United States Agency for International Development mission to Brazil, as special assistant to the under secretary of state, and in lengthy assignments in Italy and Afghanistan.
Before assuming the presidency of the U.S. Institute of Peace on Nov. 1, 1987, he was diplomat-in-residence at The Johns Hopkins Foreign Policy Institute, a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution, and the first senior international fellow at the Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies at Tel Aviv University.
From 1986-1991 he served as chairman of the Board of Overseers for the Harry S. Truman Research Institute at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and is currently a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Middle East Institute, the American Academy of Diplomacy, the National Academy of Public Administration, and numerous other foreign policy, environmental and public affairs organizations.
In addition to Lewis, previous Linowitz professors have included Roy Atherton, former U.S. ambassador to Egypt; Richard N. Haass, director of National Security Programs and senior fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations; Stephen Bosworth, president of the U.S. Japan Foundation and former U.S. ambassador to the Philippines; Harry G. Barnes, Jr., U.S. former ambassador to Chile, India and Romania; and Gideon Rafael, former Israeli ambassador to the United Kingdom and Belgium, and permanent representative to the United Nations.
The Sol M. Linowitz Visiting Professor of International Affairs was established in 1986. It is named in honor of a 1935 Hamilton graduate who served as ambassador to the Organization of American States, chairman of the board of Xerox and co-negotiator of the Panama Canal treaties. He was President Carter's representative in the Middle East negotiations from 1979 to 1981.
Ambssador Linowitz is a senior partner in the international law firm of Coudert Brothers and the author of The Betrayed Profession, a critical look at the legal profession..