01/05/16 – Embassy Mourns Former Ambassador Stephen W. Bosworth

Former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea Stephen W. Bosworth, one of the United States’ most distinguished diplomats, passed away at his home in Boston, Massachusetts on January 3, according to an announcement by the School of International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C., where Mr. Bosworth had been Chairman of the U.S.-Korea Institute since 2013.

Stephen Bosworth was a long-time friend of Korea, serving as Ambassador to the Republic of Korea from December 1997 to February 2001 and as the U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy from March 2009 to October 2011.  From 1995 to 1997, Mr. Bosworth was the Executive Director of the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization [KEDO], an inter-governmental organization established by the United States, the Republic of Korea, and Japan to assist North Korea in developing non-proliferation energy resources.

Ambassador Lippert said, “We are all saddened by the loss of a dear friend and colleague.  Ambassador Stephen Bosworth was one of our finest diplomats and public servants.  He was an intelligent, insightful voice who worked tirelessly for peace and security on the Korean peninsula and beyond.  He continues to inspire our efforts today.” 

Before joining SAIS, Mr. Bosworth was also Dean Emeritus of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and President of the United States Japan Foundation, a private American grant-making institution.  He taught International Relations at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, co-authoring several policy studies for the Carnegie Endowment and the Century Fund and co-authoring a book titled “Chasing the Sun, Rethinking East Asian Policy.” 

Ambassador Bosworth’s career in the United States Foreign Service included service as Ambassador to Tunisia from 1979-1981 and as Ambassador to the Philippines from 1984-1987.  He also served as Director of Policy Planning, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs, and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Affairs.  

He was the recipient of many awards, including the American Academy of Diplomacy’s Diplomat of the Year Award in 1987, the Department of State’s Distinguished Service Award in 1976 and again in 1986, and the Department of Energy’s Distinguished Service Award in 1979.  In 2005, the Government of Japan presented him with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star.  In 2010, he was the recipient of the Dr. Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award for scholarship, research, and teaching toward solving major problems of the world.

A condolence book is available for signature at the American Center Korea (ACK) from Wednesday, January 6 to Friday, January 8 between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.  The ACK is located at 10 Namyoung-Dong, Yongsan-gu 140-160.  The telephone number is 02-397-4662.  Alternatively, condolences may be sent by e-mail to americancenterkorea@state.gov.