Leonard S. Unger

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Leonard S. Unger
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Born Leonard Seidman Unger
(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 (1967–73), 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. Archived from the original on 2002-11-13. 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. 
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Winthrop G. Brown
United States Ambassador to Laos
Succeeded by
William H. Sullivan
Preceded by
Graham A. Martin
United States Ambassador to Thailand
Succeeded by
William R. Kintner
Preceded by
Walter McConaughy
United States Ambassador to China
Succeeded by
post abolished