Stephen W. Bosworth, Top Ambassador to Asia

The US loses a formidable diplomat, the Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Stephen Bosworth. “He was one of America’s most experienced and respected diplomats of Asia,” said Victor Cha, on the White House staff during the presidency of George W. Bush. “He knew Northeast and Southeast Asia well, and his name carried much weight in all capitols, universities and editorial rooms.”

Alarmed by rumblings that troops loyal to Mr. Marcos might resort to force rather than relinquish office amid competing inaugurations, the White House sent Mr. Bosworth to read the Philippine president a message dictated by President Reagan — that the White House looked forward to Mr. Marcos’s “working out a scenario for a transition government” and would welcome him and his family if they left to live in the United States.
Within hours, the Marcos family was taken from the grounds of Malacanang Palace on a United States Air Force helicopter and flown 40 miles northwest to Clark Air Force Base.
“We were trying to help restore democracy in the Philippines, and Stephen wound up playing a key role in that historic transition,” Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement on Thursday. “Steve’s unique brand of diplomacy blended the gravitas of a statesman and the timing of a comedian.”

Via NYT Obituary 


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