Log In

James William W. Spain

Political scientist , writer

James William Spain, American political scientist, writer. Fellow Ford Foundation, 1953-1955; recipient Presidential Executive award, 1983, Wilbur I. Carr award for Distinguished Diplomacy, 1989. Trustee Joseph Frazer Memorial Hospital With United States Army, 1946-1947. Member Council Foreign Relations, Washington Institute Foreign Affairs, Association Diplomatic Studies and Training, Cosmos Club.

Background

Spain, James William was born on July 22, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Son of Patrick Joseph and Mary Ellen (Forristal) Spain.

Education

Master of Arts, University Chicago, 1949. Doctor of Philosophy, Columbia University, 1959.

Career

Consultant secretary army, 1949—1950. With United States Foreign Service, 1951—1953. Researcher, lecturer Columbia, 1955—1962.

Member policy planning council State Department, 1963—1964. Director Office Research and Analysis for Near East and South Asia, 1964—1966. Country director Pakistan and Afghanistan, 1966—1969.

Charge d'affaires American Embassy, Rawapindi, 1969. Consul general Istanbul, Turkey, 1970-1972. Minister American embassy, Ankara, 1972-1974.

Diplomat-in-residence, visiting professor history and government Florida State University, Tallahassee, 1974-1975. Ambassador to Tanzania Dar es Salaam, 1975-1979. Ambassador, deputy permanent representative United Nations, New York City, 1979.

Ambassador to Turkey, Ankara, 1980-1981. Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Colombo, 1985-1989. Foreign affairs fellow Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Rand Corporation, Washington, 1982-1984.

Guest resident investor Colombo, Sri Lanka, from 1991. Chairman Lanka Infrastructure Ltd. Board directors Hawk Mountain Federal Express, Ltd.

Adjunct professor political science American University, Washington, 1965-1967.

Membership

Trustee Joseph Frazer Memorial Hospital With United States Army, 1946-1947. Member Council Foreign Relations, Washington Institute Foreign Affairs, Association Diplomatic Studies and Training, Cosmos Club.

  • Council Foreign Relations

  • Washington Institute Foreign Affairs

  • Association Diplomatic Studies and Training

  • Cosmos Club.

Connections

Married Edith Burke James, February 21, 1951. Children: Patrick, Sikandra, Stephen, William.

father:
Patrick Joseph Spain

mother:
Mary Ellen (Forristal) Spain

spouse:
Edith Burke James

children:
Patrick Spain

Sikandra Spain

Stephen Spain

William Spain