FOUNDING DIRECTOR AND DISTINGUISHED SCHOLAR KISSINGER INSTITUTE ON CHINA AND THE UNITED STATES
Ambassador J. Stapleton Roy
About the Speaker
Ambassador J. Stapleton Roy retired from the Foreign Service in January 2001 after a career spanning 45 years with the U.S. Department of State. A fluent Chinese speaker, Mr. Roy spent much of his career in East Asia, where his assignments included Bangkok (twice), Hong Kong, Taipei, Beijing (twice), Singapore, and Jakarta. He also specialized in Soviet affairs and served in Moscow at the height of the Cold War. Before taking up Russian studies, he was one of the first two Foreign Service Officers to study Mongolian. Mr. Roy rose to become a three-time ambassador, serving as the top U.S. envoy in Singapore (1984-86), the People’s Republic of China (1991-95), and Indonesia (1996-99). In 1996, he was promoted to the rank of Career Ambassador, the highest rank in the Foreign Service. Ambassador Roy’s final post with the State Department was as Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Research.
In January 2001, Ambassador Roy joined Kissinger Associates, Inc., a strategic consulting firm, as Managing Director. He works from offices in New York City and Washington, DC. In 2001 he received Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson Award for Distinguished Public Service.
Ambassador Roy is a director of ConocoPhillips and Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold. He serves as Chairman of the Council for the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies, Chairman of the International Advisory Council of the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies of the Brookings Institution, and Chairman of the United States Asia Pacific Council. He is a Vice Chairman of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, a Trustee of The Asia Foundation, and on the boards of Gifts in Kind International, the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy of Georgetown University, the American Academy of Diplomacy, and the Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs. He is a Distinguished Senior Adviser to the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC.
Ambassador Roy was born in Nanjing, China of American missionary parents. In 1956, he graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University, where he majored in history and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.