Retired diplomat. Service in India, China (Taiwan & mainland), Thailand, Saudi Arabia. Principal U.S. interpreter during 1972 Nixon visit to Beijing. Charge d'affaires in Beijing and Bangkok. Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Africa during Cuba - South Africa mediation. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia during war to liberate Kuwait. Assistant Secretary of Defense.during launch of Partnership for Peace (NATO enlargement). Chairman, Projects International, Inc. (international business development firm). Author of books on statecraft and diplomacy, Middle East, and China affairs. Popular, sometimes controversial public speaker.