William B. Bader

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William B. Bader
Born William Banks Bader[1]
(1931-09-08)September 8, 1931[2]
Died March 16, 2016(2016-03-16) (aged 84)
Alma mater Pomona College
Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
University of Vienna
Employer United States Foreign Service
United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
Ford Foundation
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
United States Department of Defense
SRI International
Eurasia Foundation
Military career
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Navy/Reserves
Years of service 1955–1958
Rank US-O6 insignia.svg Captain

William Banks Bader (September 8, 1931 – March 16, 2016)[2][3] was United States Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs from 1999 to 2001.

Early life and education

Bader's paternal grandfather was Edward Lawrence Bader, who was mayor of Atlantic City, New Jersey.[4] He was educated at Pomona College, receiving a BA in 1953. He then studied as a Fulbright scholar at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and the University of Vienna. During his time in Munich, Bader married his Pomona college classmate, sculptor Gretta Lange; they had four children, one of whom is actor Diedrich Bader. He served in the United States Navy from 1955 to 1958 on active duty and later transferred to the Reserves before retiring with the rank of captain. He then studied German history at Princeton University under Gordon A. Craig, earning an MA in 1960 and a PhD in 1964.


Bader joined the United States Foreign Service in 1965, and was posted to the Office of Regional Political-Military Affairs in Washington, D.C. In 1966, Sen. J. William Fulbright (DAR) invited Bader to join the staff of the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations where he was a senior staff member overseeing international security and arms control from 1966 to 1969. During this time, he also worked for the United States Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs, chaired by Sen. Stuart Symington (D—MO).

In the early 1970s, Bader worked for the Ford Foundation in Paris. He became a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in 1974.

Bader returned to government in 1976 when he was appointed Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. He returned to the staff of the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in 1978 as Staff Director at a time when the committee was considering the Camp David Accords, the Taiwan Relations Act, and SALT II.

In 1981, Bader became Vice President and Senior Officer of the Washington, D.C. office of SRI International. He moved to California in 1988 to become Vice President of SRI International's policy division.[5] He became president of the Eurasia Foundation in 1992. He spent 1996-97 as a visiting fellow at the World Bank Group.

In 1999, President of the United States Bill Clinton nominated Bader to be Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs and, after Senate confirmation, Bader held this office from November 18, 1999 until January 20, 2001.[2]

Bader and his wife had four children, including actor Diedrich Bader.[6]

Selected publications

  • "Oesterreich in Potsdam" in Oesterreichische Zeitschrift für Aussenpolitik, Vol. II, No. 4, June 1962
  • "The United States and the 'German Problem'" in Foreign Affairs, 1965
  • Austria Between East and West: 1945-1955, Stanford University Press, 1966
  • The United States and the Spread of Nuclear Weapons, Pegasus, 1968
  • "The Congress and National Security" in Naval War College Review, 1970
  • "The Proliferation of Conventional Weapons" in The Future of the International Legal Order, Vol. III, ed. C.E. Black and Richard Falk, 1971
  • "Congress and the Making of the U.S. Security Policies," Adelphi Paper No. 173, IISS, London, England, 1982
  • "Austria, The United States, and the Path to Neutrality" in The Austrian Solution, ed. Robert A. Bauer, 1982
  • "Western Europe" in TRANSACTION/SOCIETY, Vol. 22, No. 4, May/June 1985
  • "Western Europe: From Roosevelt to Reagan" in The President, the Congress and Foreign Policy: A Joint Policy Project of the Association of Former Members of Congress and the Atlantic Council of the United States, Lanham, New York; London, England; University Press of New York, 1986
  • The Taiwan Relations Act: A Decade of Implementation, Hudson Institute, Indianapolis, Indiana, ed. William Bader and Jeffrey Bergner, 1989

See also


  1. ^ "Senate ABM Examiner - William Banks Bader". nytimes.com. 22 March 1969. 
  2. ^ a b c "Department History - People - William B. Bader". United States Department of State Office of the Historian. Retrieved 2012-02-02. 
  3. ^ U.S. Public Records Index, Vols 1 & 2 (Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.), 2010.
  4. ^ "Teacher From Hawaii Is Miss America". 
  5. ^ "Opening Statement of Dr. William B. Bader of New Jersey at his Hearing for Nomination as Associate Director of the U.S. Information Agency Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee". University of Illinois at Chicago. 1998-10-07. Retrieved 2012-02-03. 
  6. ^ Matt Schudel (19 March 2016). "William B. Bader, official who helped uncover CIA, Defense abuses, dies at 84". Washington Post. 
  • Department of State - Biography: William B. Bader

Further reading

  • "The 60th Anniversary of the Fulbright Program in Austria: 1950 - 2010: Seeing the World as Others See It", Bridges: The OST's Publication on S&T Policy, vol. 26, July 2010.
Government offices
Preceded by
Alice Stone Ilchman
Office abolished 1978-1999
Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs
November 18, 1999 – January 20, 2001
Succeeded by
Patricia Harrison
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