Thomas W. Simons Jr., former U.S. ambassador to Pakistan, has been appointed a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution.
Simons retired in August after a 35-year career as a foreign service officer. In addition to his two-plus years in Pakistan, he served as ambassador to Poland from 1990 to 1993. His distinguished career included stints in the Soviet Union, Romania, and the United Kingdom, and several tours in Washington working on East-West issues, most recently as a coordinator for U.S. Assistance to the New Independent States of the Former Soviet Union (1993-1995). In the mid-1960s he was involved in the GATT trade negotiations in Geneva.
Simons is the author of The End of the Cold War? and Eastern Europe in the Postwar World, both published by St. Martin's Press. He has also written numerous articles on Central and Eastern European history and the efforts of U.S. policy on East-West relations.
Simons will also be a consulting professor in Stanford's history department. This is the second time Simons has been affiliated with Hoover; in 1971-1972, he was an international affairs fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations at the Institution.
Simons holds a bachelor's degree from Yale University and earned a master's and Ph.D at Harvard University, specializing in West and Central European History.
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