NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Happy Birthday to New Rochelle’s Leslie Gelb!
Gelb, born in New Rochelle, turns 79 on Friday.
Leslie (Les) Howard Gelb, a former correspondent for The New York Times, was born March 4, 1937. He is currently president emeritus and board senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.
He is author of "Power Rules: How Common Sense Can Rescue American Foreign Policy" published in March 2009. He was diplomatic correspondent at The New York Times from 1973 to 1977.
He served as an assistant secretary of state in the Carter Administration from 1977 to 1979, serving as director of the Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs and winning the Distinguished Honor Award, the highest award of the U.S. State Department.
In 1980 he co-authored "The Irony of Vietnam" which won the Woodrow Wilson Foundation Book Award in 1981. From 1980-1981, he was also a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Gelb became president of the Council on Foreign Relations in 1993 and as of 2003 is its president emeritus. In addition to his work at Council on Foreign Relations, Gelb is also a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
He served as the chairman of the advisory board for the progressive foreign policy think tank, National Security Network, and has served on the boards of directors of several non-profit organizations including Carnegie Endowment, the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, the James Baker Institute at Rice University, the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government Center on Press, Politics and Public Policy.