Richard S. Williamson
|Richard S. Williamson|
|17th Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs|
February 5, 1988 – March 19, 1989
George H. W. Bush
|Preceded by||Alan Keyes|
|Succeeded by||John R. Bolton|
|Born||Richard Salisbury Williamson
May 9, 1949
|Died||December 8, 2013
|Alma mater||Princeton University
University of Virginia School of Law
Richard Salisbury Williamson (May 9, 1949 – December 8, 2013) was an American lawyer, diplomat and political advisor. He previously served as Special Envoy to Sudan under George W. Bush. Williamson was a partner at Winston & Strawn and was also Thomas J. Sharkey Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Seton Hall's Whitehead School of Diplomacy.
Williamson was born in Evanston, Illinois. He received an A.B., cum laude, in 1971 from Princeton University. He received a J.D. in 1974 from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was executive editor of the Virginia Journal of International Law.
Williamson was also a practicing partner in the law office of Winston and Strawn. Earlier in the George W. Bush Administration, Williamson, who has broad foreign policy and negotiating experience, served as Ambassador to the United Nations for Special Political Affairs and in 2004 as United States Ambassador to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. Williamson played a role in the slow resolution of the conflict in the Darfur region of Sudan.
Previously, he served in senior foreign policy positions under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, including as Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs at the Department of State, and an Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs in the White House. In 1992, he was nominated by the Republican Party for United States Senate, but lost to Democrat Carol Moseley-Braun, the first black woman to be elected to U.S. Senate. He later served as Chairman of the Illinois Republican Party.
Williamson was active in a wide variety of civic organizations, serving on the board of directors of the International Republican Institute; the board of the Committee in Support of Russian Civil Society; a member of the advisory committee for the International Human Rights Center at DePaul University, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Williamson also was the Roberta Buffett Visiting Professor of International Studies at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
Williamson authored seven books and edited three. He wrote more than 175 articles in professional and popular periodicals.
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- "Biography: Richard S. Williamson". US Department of State. Archived from the original on 2012-07-13.
- Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents - Google Books. Books.google.ca. Retrieved 2013-12-10.
- "Front & Center with John Callaway: Iran - Pritzker Military Museum & Library - Chicago".
- Worden, Minky (April 27, 2004). "Sudan's Silent Scream". The New York Sun.
- "President Bush Meets with Special Envoy for Sudan Rich Williamson". Georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov. 2008-01-17. Retrieved 2010-11-21.
- "Congressman Frank R. Wolf : Sudan". Wolf.house.gov. 2009-03-04. Archived from the original on 2008-11-24. Retrieved 2010-11-21.
- "Buffett Center - International and Comparative Studies - Northwestern University". Bcics.northwestern.edu. 2008-09-25. Archived from the original on 2010-10-27. Retrieved 2010-11-21.
- Lester, Kerry (1999-04-15). "CHICAGO: Ill. GOP leader, envoy Rich Williamson dies at 64". Bnd.com. Archived from the original on 2013-12-13. Retrieved 2013-12-10.
- "Rich Williamson, former UN official, GOP Illinois Senate candidate, Romney adviser 1949-2013". Voices.suntimes.com. 2013-05-17. Archived from the original on 2013-12-09. Retrieved 2013-12-10.
- Williamson participated in panel discussion, Iran: The Next Military Frontier? in 2007 at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library
- Appearances on C-SPAN
|Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs
February 5, 1988 – March 19, 1989
John R. Bolton
|Party political offices|
|Republican Party nominee for United States Senator from Illinois