[Biographical Information] [His quote about HRI]
Monteagle Stearns served as United States Ambassador to Greece from August 1981 through September 1985. As a career Foreign Service Officer he was also United States Ambassador to the Republic of the Ivory Coast from 1976 to 1979 and Vice President of the National Defense University from 1979 to 1981. Other Foreign Service postings included Turkey, Zaire, the United Kingdom and Laos. Among his Washington assignments he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs and as Special Assistant to W. Averell Harriman, then the State Department's Roving Ambassador.
Since leaving the Foreign Service in 1987 he has been a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., Warburg Professor of International Relations at Simmons College in Boston, and Whitney H. Shepardson Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. In 1992 his book, Entangled Allies:US Policy Toward Greece, Turkey, and Cyprus, was published by the Council on Foreign Relations. A Greek edition was issued the same year by Pondiki Press in Athens.
Ambassador Stearns is currently completing a book on American diplomacy for the Twentieth Century Fund entitled Talking to Strangers: American Diplomacy Home and Abroad. Publication is planned for 1995. He is married to the former Antonia Riddleberger, the daughter of James W. Riddleberger, also a former United States Ambassador to Greece. They met and were married in Athens and have four children.
Stearns holds a BA degree from Columbia University. He was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts and resides at 71 Harrington Road in Framingham.
"The Hellenic Resources Institute mobilizes the brainpower and energy of an exceptionally talented group of young Greeks abroad to influence Greek public policy constructively. It is organized on a completely nonpartizan political basis. The Institute's purpose is to enchance Greece's contribution to economic progress and political harmony in its own geographic region and beyond. It deserves the support of all who believe, as I do, that the talents of young Greeks like these are badly needed in the disoriented world that has emerged from the cold war."