Leonard S. Unger

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Leonard Seidman Unger
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Born (1917-12-17)December 17, 1917
San Diego, California
Died June 3, 2010(2010-06-03) (aged 92)
Sebastopol, California
Occupation American diplomat

Leonard Seidman Unger (December 17, 1917 – June 3, 2010) was a diplomat and United States Ambassador to Laos (1962–64), Thailand (1967), and was the last US ambassador to the Republic of China on Taiwan (1974–79).[1]

Personal life[edit]

Unger was born in San Diego, California and graduated from Harvard College with a Bachelor of Arts in 1939.[2] He was the co-author of The Trieste negotiations and co-editor of Laos : beyond the revolution. After retiring from the foreign service, he taught at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.[3] He died on June 3, 2010 in Sebastopol, California.[4]

Diplomacy career[edit]

Unger was a member of the American Academy of Diplomacy and Council on Foreign Relations. He was also the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Far Eastern Affairs in the Johnson administration.[5] and the head of the Interdepartmental Vietnam Coordinating Committee, a committee set up by President Johnson to explore various 'use of force' options in the period before United States involvement in the Vietnam war escalated.[6][7] Prior to his involvement in South-East and East Asia, Unger was the United States Political Advisor to the Free Territory of Trieste.[8]


  1. ^ "U. S. Envoy in Taiwan Defends Policy on Peking". The New York Times. June 23, 1974. 
  2. ^ "Dr. Conant Twits Alumni 'Wailers'; A Couple Of Old Classmates Get Together". The New York Times. June 22, 1939. 
  3. ^ "CIA at Tufts University". cia-on-campus.org. 1978-10-30. Retrieved 2011-08-01. 
  4. ^ "State Magazine, December 2010". Scribd. 
  5. ^ "RAIDS WILL GO ON, RUSK REASSERTS; Shift by Reds Could Bring Halt, He Says in Detroit". The New York Times. April 20, 1965. 
  6. ^ "Ex-Envoy to Laos Named To Special Vietnam Panel". The New York Times. January 9, 1965. 
  7. ^ Helsing, Jeffrey W. (2000). Johnson's war/Johnson's great society: the guns and butter trap. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 24. 
  8. ^ "THE-CONSULATE-OF-THE-UNITED-STATES-OF-AMERICA-IN-TRIESTE". docstoc.com. Retrieved August 1, 2011.