The Honorable William Green Miller

Senior Public Policy Scholar, Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

The Honorable William Green Miller

Senior Public Policy Scholar, Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Ambassador William Green Miller’s long career of public service working in foreign affairs and defense policy, in both the executive and legislative branches of government, has been deepened by his experience teaching at universities and as a leader of non-governmental foreign policy organizations.

Educated at Williams College, Oxford, and Harvard, Ambassador Miller entered the Foreign Service in 1959, first serving five years in Iran and then in Washington, D.C., as a line officer and in the office of Secretary of State Dean Rusk. Ambassador Miller then went to the United States Senate in 1967, during the Vietnam War, where he served as foreign policy and defense advisor to Senator John Sherman Cooper. Ambassador Miller had an important role in forging the legislation that brought the Vietnam War to an end and contributed to the successful efforts to ratify the SALT I and ABM Treaties. His work as staff director of three special Senate committees led to constructive solutions of the problems arising from national emergencies and delegated presidential emergency powers, war powers, national commitments, the constitutional oversight of the intelligence activities of the United States, and a broad range of foreign policy, arms control and defense issues. In 1981 the United States Senate passed a special resolution commending Ambassador Miller "for exceptional contributions and for his dedication, loyalty, integrity, and service."

From 1981 to 1983 Ambassador Miller was associate dean and professor of International Politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. As a research associate at both Tufts and Harvard, and as a fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics in 1986, he researched foreign policy and defense issues. In 1986 Ambassador Miller returned to Washington as president of the American Committee on United States-Soviet Relations. He traveled frequently throughout the Soviet Union and lived in Moscow from 1988 to 1993, obtaining a firsthand knowledge of the great changes taking place.

As president of the International Foundation during the period of Perestroika, the Ambassador worked with Andrei Sakharov, Tatiana Zaglavskaya, Evegenii Velikhov, Roald Sagdeev, Robert McNamara, Dr. Jerome Wiesner, Father Theodore Hesburgh and others on human rights, arms control, and environmental, political and economic issues of concern to the United States and the Soviet Union. He was a senior consultant to the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and president of the Committee on American-Russian Relations. He has written extensively on foreign policy and defense issues and was elected to the National Academy of Public Administration in 1984 "for distinguished contributions and personal commitment to the public service." He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute of Strategic Studies, and the Middle East Institute. He is a senior consultant to Search for Common Ground and directs their Iran project.

Ambassador Miller is married to Suzanne Lisle Miller, and they have two sons, William and Christopher.

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