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Brookings Think Tank Chooses Ex-Diplomat Talbott as Chief

January 25, 2002|Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Former diplomat and journalist Strobe Talbott has been named president of the nonpartisan Brookings Institution, one of the nation's oldest political think tanks.

Talbott, 55, is in charge of Yale University's center on globalization studies.

He served as deputy secretary of State during both terms of the Clinton administration. Before his stint with the State Department, he spent more than two decades as a reporter, editor and foreign policy columnist for Time magazine.

"In addition to his keen intellect and deep background in key public policy issues, he will provide the energy, the judgment and the sense of balance and fairness that our unique institution requires," Brookings Chairman James Johnson said.

"Sound policy depends on nonpartisan, independent research and analysis of the kind that Brookings has generated for more than eight decades," Talbott said.

Talbott will succeed Brookings President Michael Armacost in September. Armacost is retiring.

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