Vice President Spiro Agnew (center) with Ambassador Robert G. Neumann and King Zahir Shah at Gulkhana Palace.
Robert G. Neumann, 1972.
University of Minnesota, Minnesota, United States
In 1946 Robert G. Neumann earned his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.
Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts, United States
In 1940 Robert G. Neumann received a Master of Arts from Amherst College.
Robert G. Neumann in Afghanistan.
(An authoritative and perceptive analysis of the governmen...)
An authoritative and perceptive analysis of the government and politics of the Federal Republic includes a brief historical introduction, the controversial issue of German reunification and its political significance, Germany's place in the European and Atlantic worlds, reasons for her political stability and instability, and points of cooperation and friction between Germany and her neighbors. Includes a bibliography and index.
Neumann received degrees from the University of Rennes, the Consular Academy of Austria, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland (formerly Institut universitaire de hautes études internationales, HEI) and the University of Michigan.
In 1940 he received a Master of Arts from Amherst College. In 1946 he earned his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.
During his studies in Geneva, Neumann was arrested by the Nazis and spent two years in a concentration camp. Upon his release, he left for America. After a brief stint teaching at the State Teachers' College in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Neumann enlisted and served during World War II. Upon his return, he took up a job teaching political science at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. In 1947 he took a post at the University of California at Los Angeles, where he eventually became a tenured professor.
He was named an ambassador to Afghanistan in 1966. By 1970, Neumann felt compelled to remain at work at the Embassy and resigned his professorship at the school.
After serving in Afghanistan, Neumann became the ambassador to Morocco in 1973. Upon his return to Washington in 1976, he began teaching again at Georgetown University, while taking the director's helm of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy.
In 1981 he became United States Ambassador to Saudi Arabia. He was fired by the Secretary of State Alexander Haig after only two months on the job. Several theories circulated about his firing, a popular one being that Haig let him go because he had criticized Haig to a senator. After leaving his appointed post he joined the Georgetown University Center for Strategic and International Studies.
He was a guest lecturer at several schools including the University of Vienna and the University of Munich.
Neumann died in 1999 in Bethesda, Maryland at the age of 83.
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Neumann's son, Ronald E. Neumann, also became an American ambassador and a deputy assistant secretary of state.