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Harlan Cleveland

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Harlan Cleveland, American political scientist, former ambassador. Decorated United States Medal of Freedom, gold star Order Brilliant Star (China), gran ufficiale Order of Merit (Italy); recipient Woodrow Wilson award, Princeton University, 1968, Prix de Talloires, 1981, Leader for Peace award, United States Peace Corps, 1985, Rhodes scholar, Oxford University, 1938-1939.


Cleveland, Harlan was born on January 19, 1918 in New York City. Son of Stanley Matthews and Marian Phelps (Van Buren) Cleveland.


Graduate cum laude, Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts, 1934. Bachelor of Arts in Politics with high honors, Princeton University, 1938. Recipient 22 honorary degrees.


Intern Office of United States Senator Robert M. LaFollette, Junior, 1939-1940. Writer information division Farm Security Administration, Washington, 1940-1942. Ovcl. Board Education Warfare and successor Foreign Economic Administration, 1942—1944.

Executive director economic section Allied Control Commission, Rome, 1944-1945. Member United States delegate 3d session United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration Council, London, 1945. Acting vice president in charge economic section Allied Commission, Rome, 1945-1946.

Department chief of mission United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration Italian Mission, 1946-1947. Director China office United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration, Shanghai, 1947-1948. Director China program ECA, Washington, 1948-1949, department assistant administrator, 1949-1951.

Assistant director for Europe Mutual Security Agency, 1952-1953. Executive editor The Reporter, New York City, 1953-1956, public, 1955-1956. Professor political science, dean Maxwell graduate school citizenship public affairs Syracuse University, 1956-1961.

Chairman Citizens for Kennedy, New York, 1960. Assistant secretary for international organization affairs United States Department State, 1961-1965, United States ambassador to North Atlantic Treaty Organization Brussels, 1965-1969. Chairman Cabinet Committee on International Cooperation Year, 1965.

Professor political science, president University Hawaii, Honolulu, 1969-1974, president emeritus, 1974—2008. Director program in international affairs Aspen Institute Humanistic Studies, Princeton, New Jersey, 1974-1980, distinguished fellow, 1988—2008. Chairman United States Weather Modification Advisory Board, 1977-1978.

Distinguished visiting Tom Slick professor world peace Lyndon Baines Johnson School Public Affairs, University Texas, Austin, 1979. Dean Hubert H. Humphrey Institute Public Affairs, University Minnesota, Minneapolis, 1980-1987, professor public affairs and planning, 1980-1988, professor emeritus, 1988—2008. Honorary chairman The American Forum for Global Education, Volunteers in Technology Assistance.

Board directors Mertz-Gilmore Foundation. National advisory council World Learning. Delegate from New York Democratic National Convention, 1960.

Electronic faculty Western Behavioral Sciences Institute, 1983—1991. Faculty Connected Education, 1987—1996. Honorary trustee The Atlantic Council.



Fellow: International Leadership Forum, World Business Academy, World Academy of Art and Science (president 1991—2000). Member: American Society for Public Administration 1970-1971, (Dwight Waldo award 1988, Elmer Staats Lifetime Achievement award 2003), Council on Foreign Relations, American Political Science Association, Century Club (New York City), Phi Beta Kapp.


  • Other Interests

    Sailing, g^lL writing.


Married Lois W. Burton, July 12, 1941. Children: Zoë, Melantha, Alan Thorburn.

Stanley Matthews Cleveland

Marian Phelps (Van Buren) Cleveland

Lois W. Burton

Zou00eb Cleveland

Melantha Cleveland

Alan Thorburn Cleveland