About Stephen Schlesinger
Stephen Schlesinger is a Senior Fellow at the Century Foundation in New York City. He is the former Director of the World Policy Institute at the New School (1997-2006) and former publisher of the quarterly magazine, The World Policy Journal. Mr. Schlesinger received his BA from Harvard University, a certificate of study from Cambridge University and a JD from Harvard Law School. In the early 1970s, he edited and published The New Democrat Magazine. Thereafter he spent four years as a staff writer at Time Magazine. For twelve years, he served as New York State Governor Mario Cuomo’s speechwriter and foreign policy advisor. In the mid 1990s, he worked at the United Nations at Habitat, the agency dealing with cities.
He is the author of three books:
- Act of Creation: The Founding of The United Nations for which he won the 2004 Harry S. Truman Book Award
- Bitter Fruit: The Story of the U.S. Coup in Guatemala (with Stephen Kinzer) cited as one of the New York Times’ “notable books” for 1982 which has sold over 100,000 copies
- The New Reformers (1975)
He is also the coeditor of The Journals of Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr 1952-2000 published in 2007.
He is a specialist on the foreign policy of the Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama Administrations. He has taught at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. He is a frequent contributor to magazines and newspapers, including The Washington Post, The New York Times Book Review, The Los Angeles Times, Foreign Affairs, The World Policy Journal, The Nation Magazine, and The New York Observer. In 1978, he was a finalist for the National Magazine Award. He has appeared on CNN, Fox TV, NBC, NPR, Air America and other media outlets and is a contributor to Huffingtonpost.com and BlogoftheCentury.tcf.org. He is listed in Who's Who In America, Contemporary Authors, and Wikipedia. com. He has also appeared in six UN documentaries and two on the CIA coup in Guatemala and he consulted on director Steven Soderbergh's film "Che." He has served on election monitoring missions for the National Democratic Institute in Bulgaria and Paraguay. In October 2006, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan invited him to address the UN Secretariat. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Overseas Press Club, the UN Correspondents Association, PEN, the Author’s Guild, the FDR Institute Board of Governors, the Century Association, the New York State Archives Partnership Trust board and is an Honorary Fellow of the Foreign Policy Association.