Princeton Lyman

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Princeton Lyman
Princeton Lyman US State Dept photo.jpg
United States Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs
In office
March 18, 1997 – October 22, 1998
Preceded byDouglas J. Bennet Jr.
Succeeded byDavid Welch
United States Ambassador to South Africa
In office
July 14, 1992 – December 14, 1995
Preceded byWilliam Lacy Swing
Succeeded byJames A. Joseph
United States Ambassador to Nigeria
In office
September 12, 1986 – July 24, 1989
Preceded byThomas W. M. Smith
Succeeded byLannon Walker
Personal details
Born(1935-11-20)November 20, 1935
San Francisco, California, U.S.
DiedAugust 24, 2018(2018-08-24) (aged 82)
Silver Spring, Maryland, U.S.

Princeton Nathan Lyman (November 20, 1935 – August 24, 2018)[1] was a diplomat and former United States Ambassador to Nigeria (1986–89) and South Africa (1992–95), and former Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs (1996–98[2]). He was a member of the American Academy of Diplomacy and the Aspen Institute, and is Adjunct Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies with the Council on Foreign Relations.[3]

Lyman had a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a Ph.D. from Harvard University.[4]

In January, 2010, Lyman weighed in in opposition to using the U.S. Alien Tort Statute in federal court to gain reparations for South African workers, from corporations who operated in South Africa during the apartheid era.[5]

In January, 2011, Lyman, who acted for the US government in mediation talks between the north and south of Sudan will be in Sudan for the independence referendum of Southern Sudan.[6][7]


  1. ^ Schudel, Matt. "Princeton Lyman, U.S. ambassador who helped guide South Africa out of apartheid, dies at 82". Washington Post. Retrieved 2018-08-27.
  2. ^ Council on Foreign Relations biography Retrieved 2010-01-12.
  3. ^ Council of Foreign Relations Web page. Retrieved 2010-01-12.
  4. ^ U.S. Department of State Archived Biography. Retrieved 2010-01-12.
  5. ^ "Paying the Price for Apartheid" OpEd by Princeton N. Lyman, International Herald Tribune, January 5, 2010 (in print on Jan. 6, 2010 in The Herald Tribune). Retrieved 2010-01-12.
  6. ^ Sudanese get ready for south's independence vote
  7. ^ "U.S. Special Envoys for Sudan: A succession of failure, duplicity, and cynicism - Sudan Tribune: Plural news and views on Sudan". Retrieved 2018-08-27.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Thomas W. M. Smith
United States Ambassador to Nigeria
Succeeded by
Lannon Walker
Government offices
Preceded by
Jonathan Moore
Director of the Bureau of Refugee Programs
September 5, 1989 – June 15, 1992
Succeeded by
Warren Zimmermann
Preceded by
Douglas J. Bennet
Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs
March 18, 1997 – October 22, 1998
Succeeded by
David Welch