Walter L. Cutler

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Walter Leon Cutler (born November 25, 1931 in Boston, Massachusetts) is a diplomat and former United States Ambassador to Zaire (1975–79), Tunisia (1982–84), Saudi Arabia (1984–87; 1987–89), and Ambassador-Designate to Iran (1979). He is a member of the American Academy of Diplomacy.

Cutler is a former career diplomat who served twice as United States Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, as Ambassador to Tunisia and Zaire (Congo), and as Ambassador-Designate to Iran before diplomatic relations were broken in 1980. Other diplomatic postings included South Vietnam, Korea, Algeria and Cameroon. He also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Congressional Relations. From 1989-2006 he was President of Meridian International Center, of which he is now President Emeritus.

1953: B.A., Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut
1954: M.A.L.D, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Medford, Massachusetts
1954-56: Served in U.S. Army
1957: Entered the United States Foreign Service
1957-59: Vice Consul, Yaounde, Cameroon
1960-62: Staff Assistant to the Secretary of State
1962-65: Political Officer, Algiers, Algeria
1965-67: Consul, Tabriz, Iran
1967-69: Political-Military Officer, Seoul, Korea
1969-71: Political Officer, Saigon, South Vietnam
1971-73: Special Assistant for Vietnam Negotiations, Department of State
1974-75: Director, Central African Affairs, Department of State
1975-79: Ambassador to Zaire (Congo)
1979: Ambassador-Designate to Iran
1980-81: Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Congressional Affairs
1982-84: Ambassador to Tunisia
1984-87: Ambassador to Saudi Arabia
1987-88: Research Professor of Diplomacy, Georgetown University
1988-89: Ambassador to Saudi Arabia.
1989-2006: President of Meridian International Center, Washington, D.C.

Currently: President Emeritus, Meridian International Center International consultant, corporate advisor Chairman, Advisory Council, National Council for International Visitors Board of Advisors, American Committees on Foreign Relations Member, American Academy of Diplomacy Trustee, IREX

Married to Isabel Cutler, a photographer.

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