Early life and education
Before joining the State Department, Pickering served on active duty in the United States Navy
from 1956 to 1959,
and later served in the Naval Reserve where he reached the rank of Lieutenant Commander.
Pickering's time as United States Ambassador to El Salvador
was particularly eventful. Only a year after having been appointed ambassador in 1984, Pickering was the subject of assassination threats from right-wing Salvadoran politicians.
The same year, Republican Senator Jesse Helms
of North Carolina
urged that Pickering be dismissed, arguing that he helped manipulate the country's elections.
In both cases, President Ronald Reagan
offered Pickering his full support and he secured him a job as United States Ambassador to Israel
after his appointment in El Salvador. It was later noted when Pickering was nominated as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations that he played a minor role in the Iran–Contra affair
while Ambassador to El Salvador.
As Ambassador to Israel, Pickering led the United States' criticism of an Israeli policy that expelled Palestinians accused of instilling uprising.
Pickering stressed to Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir
that the United States considered the actions illegal and unhelpful for peace efforts.
United Nations and subsequent career
Following the resignation of Secretary of State Warren Christopher
in 1996, Pickering was reportedly a top contender for the post, but was ultimately passed over in favor of then-UN Ambassador Madeleine Albright
After the State Department
Following his retirement from the Foreign Service in 2001, Pickering served as Senior Vice President for International Relations at Boeing
until 2006. Currently, he is serving as an independent board member at the world's biggest pipe company, OAO TMK
, in Moscow. At present, he is affiliated with the International Crisis Group
and currently serves as its Co-Chair,
and oversees their international actions as a co-chair. In addition, he is Chairman of the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, Chairman of the Board of Advisers of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy,
Chairman of the American Academy of Diplomacy
, Chairman of the Rostropovich-Vishnevskaya Foundation
and a member of the Board of Advisors of the National Bureau of Asian Research
and the Global Panel Foundation
based in Berlin, Prague and Sydney.
Thomas R. Pickering
Pickering also serves as Co-Chairman of the International Economic Alliance (IEA),
where he actively hosts and partakes in international forums attended by notable corporate leaders, ambassadors, and senior government officials from member nations of the Alliance.
In 2014, Pickering gave the keynote speech at the Student Conference on U.S. Affairs at West Point
, New York
, addressing the unique challenges that disaster preparedness poses to United States foreign policy planning.
Pickering lives in Fairfax County, Virginia
. His wife, the former Alice Jean Stover, whom he married in 1955, died in 2011. The couple had two children, Timothy and Margaret.
Pickering is fluent in French, Spanish, and Swahili, and has a working knowledge of Russian, Hebrew, and Arabic.
Honors and awards
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- ^ "Thomas R. Pickering". Council on Foreign Relations. Archived from the original on January 31, 2011. Retrieved May 5, 2009.
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- ^ Lewis, Paul (November 10, 1990). "MIDEAST TENSIONS; U.S. Envoy to U.N. on Center Stage". The New York Times. Retrieved February 19, 2009.
- ^ Gelb, Leslie H. (February 3, 1992). "Foreign Affairs; End U.S. Dipbaloney". New York Times. Retrieved February 19, 2009.
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- ^ Turner, Martin (July 7, 1998). "Abiola's death - an eyewitness account". BBC News. Abuja. Retrieved May 11, 2012.
- ^ International Crisis Group Annual Report 2014
- ^ "Board of Advisers". Georgetown University. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
- ^ "Our Directors & Staff - Rostropovich Vishnevskaya Foundation".
- ^ "Board of Advisors - About - The National Bureau of Asian Research". Archived from the original on August 23, 2018. Retrieved August 26, 2009.
- ^ "The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Scholarship". The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. Archived from the original on February 26, 2007. Retrieved April 20, 2017.
- ^ "Ambassador Thomas Pickering '53 Wins Bowdoin Prize". Bowdoin College Campus News. Retrieved September 21, 2009.
- ^ "www.american-iranian.org". www.american-iranian.org. March 25, 2009. Retrieved May 5, 2009.
- ^ "www.constitutionproject.org". www.constitutionproject.org. Archived from the original on June 26, 2008. Retrieved May 5, 2009.
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