A career diplomat who served PresidentsCarter and Reagan as U.S. Ambassador to Israel will rejoin the Hamilton Collegefaculty this fall as the Sol M. Linowitz Visiting Professor of InternationalAffairs.

Samuel W. Lewis served as Hamilton's Linowitz professor previously in 1995.

A cum laude graduate of Yale University with a master's degree ininternational relations from The Johns Hopkins University, Lewis was a foreignservice 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 toIsrael, first appointed by President Carter and then reaffirmed by PresidentReagan.

During those years, he was a prominent actor in Arab-Israeli negotiations,including participation in the 1978 Camp David Conference and subsequentnegotiations which led to peace between Israel and Egypt.

Lewis joined the Clinton Administration as director of the Secretary ofState's Policy Planning Staff in February 1993. He retired for the second timefrom the U.S. Government in February 1994. Immediately prior to thatappointment, he had served for more than five years as president and chiefexecutive officer of the United States Institute of Peace, an independent U.S.Government agency established by Congress to promote peaceful resolution ofinternational conflicts.

During his lengthy diplomatic career, Lewis also served as assistant secretaryof state for international organization affairs, as deputy director of thePolicy Planning Staff, as a senior staff member of the National SecurityCouncil, as a member of the United States Agency for International Developmentmission to Brazil, as special assistant to the under secretary of state, and inlengthy 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, aguest scholar at the Brookings Institution, and the first senior internationalfellow at the Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies at Tel AvivUniversity.

From 1986-1991 he served as chairman of the Board of Overseers for the HarryS. Truman Research Institute at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and iscurrently a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Middle EastInstitute, the American Academy of Diplomacy, the National Academy of PublicAdministration, and numerous other foreign policy, environmental and publicaffairs organizations.

In addition to Lewis, previous Linowitz professors have included Roy Atherton,former U.S. ambassador to Egypt; Richard N. Haass, director of NationalSecurity 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 toChile, India and Romania; and Gideon Rafael, former Israeli ambassador to theUnited Kingdom and Belgium, and permanent representative to the UnitedNations.

The Sol M. Linowitz Visiting Professor of International Affairs wasestablished in 1986. It is named in honor of a 1935 Hamilton graduate whoserved as ambassador to the Organization of American States, chairman of theboard of Xerox and co-negotiator of the Panama Canal treaties. He wasPresident Carter's representative in the Middle East negotiations from 1979 to1981.

Ambssador Linowitz is a senior partner in the international law firm ofCoudert Brothers and the author of The Betrayed Profession, a criticallook at the legal profession..

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