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Woodrow Wilson Lecture Series Named for Georgetown Diplomatic Historian

Nancy Bernkopf Tucker

Nancy Bernkopf Tucker, pictured above, "has made a major contribution to our understanding of China and Taiwan over a period of many years and richly deserves this recognition," says Georgetown School of Foreign Service Dean Carol Lancaster.

November 30, 2012 – The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars has established an annual lecture series on U.S.-East Asian relations named for diplomatic historian Nancy Bernkopf Tucker, a professor in the College and the School of Foreign Service (SFS).

“[Tucker] exemplifies the Wilson Center’s mission to strengthen the link between first-rate scholarship and public policy,” says Jane Harman, Wilson Center director, president and CEO. “It is only fitting we honor her extraordinary accomplishments in U.S.-East Asian diplomacy by establishing this annual lecture series in her name to continue the important tradition of encouraging scholars and policy makers to learn from one another.”

In addition to the Wilson Center, a Washington, D.C., think tank, Tucker has been a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study, the Rockefeller Foundation (Bellagio Study Center), the United States Institute of Peace, Harvard University, and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

Major Contribution

Tucker also has served as a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow and recipient of generous research support from the Smith Richardson Foundation.

She received a National Intelligence Medal of Achievement in 2007 for distinguished meritorious service as the first Assistant Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Analytic Integrity and Standards and Analytic Ombudsman in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

In 1986-87, she served in the Office of Chinese Affairs in the Department of State and at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.

“We are very proud and pleased that the Woodrow Wilson Center has named a lecture series in honor of Nancy Bernkopf Tucker,” says SFS Dean Carol Lancaster. “Professor Tucker has made a major contribution to our understanding of China and Taiwan over a period of many years and richly deserves this recognition.”

Widely Published

The author or editor of seven books, Tucker has focused on U.S.-East Asian relations, particularly U.S. relations with China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, for many years. Her most recent book is The China Threat: Memories, Myths and Realities in the 1950s (Columbia University Press, 2012).

Tucker’s Uncertain Friendships: Taiwan, Hong Kong and the United States, 1945-1992 received the 1996 Myrna F. Bernath Book Prize, awarded biannually by the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.

Her articles and essays have also appeared in Foreign Affairs, American Historical Review, Journal of American History, Political Science Quarterly, Diplomatic History and many other leading historical and foreign affairs journals.

Significant Honor

“The naming of an annual lecture series for Nancy Bernkopf Tucker is a significant honor, but not less than Nancy deserves,” says Carol Benedict, professor and chair of the history department. “Nancy’s longstanding commitment to the better understanding of U.S.-East Asian relations, as exemplified by her distinguished career in the university and in government has inspired students and colleagues for decades.”

“The Wilson Center deserves great credit for recognizing her dedication and service with such a meaningful tribute,” adds Benedict, who teaches modern China and world history.

The inaugural Nancy Bernkopf Tucker Lecture in American-East Asian Relations will be offered in 2013. For more information, contact Wilson Center Asia Program director Robert M. Hathaway.

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