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William B. Bader
Born September 1931 (age 90)[1]
Alma mater Pomona College
Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
University of Vienna

William B. Bader (born September 8, 1931)[1][2] was United States Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs from 1999 to 2001.


Bader was educated at Pomona College, receiving a B.A. in 1953. He then studied as a Fullbright scholar at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and the University of Vienna. During his time in Munich, Bader met his future wife, sculptor Gretta Lange. He then served in the United States Navy from 1955 to 1958. He then studied German history at Princeton University under Gordon A. Craig, earning an Master of Arts in 1960 and a Ph.D. 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 (D—AR) invited Bader to join the staff of the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and Bader and 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.[3] 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.[1]

Bader and his wife have four children, including actor Diedrich Bader.

Selected publications

  • "Oesterreich in Potsdam" in Oesterreichische Zeitschrift fuer 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

  • Diedrich Bader
  • Edward L. Bader


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Department History - People - William B. Bader". United States Department of State Office of the Historian. Retrieved 2012-02-02. 
  2. U.S. Public Records Index, Vols 1 & 2 (Provo, UT: Operations, Inc.), 2010.
  3. "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. 

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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