For Immediate Release: October 24, 2000
Contact: Julie Shaw, 202-939-2211


Jerome A. Cohen, Susan Eisenhower,
William W. George, and Zanny Minton Beddoes Join the
Carnegie Endowment?s Board of Trustees

Jessica T. Mathews, president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, announced today that Jerome A. Cohen, Susan Eisenhower, William W. George, and Zanny Minton Beddoes have joined the Endowment?s board of trustees.

"Jerome Cohen, Susan Eisenhower, William George, and Zanny Minton Beddoes, have been elected to the board of trustees for their leadership on foreign policy issues that challenge the 21st century," Mathews said. "They will help shape the Endowment?s research agenda on topics in their area of expertise?rule of law in China, U.S.-Russian relations, international corporate affairs, and economics?and will provide fresh perspectives on many other points of debate."

Jerome A. Cohen is a partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, a law professor at New York University School of Law, and a senior fellow for Asia studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. He concentrates in business law relating to Asia and has long represented foreign companies in contract negotiations and dispute resolution in China, Vietnam, and other countries of East Asia. Among other activities, he is a trustee of the China Institute in New York and a member of China?s international arbitration panels.

Before joining Paul, Weiss in 1981, Cohen served as a professor, director of East Asian Legal Studies, and associate dean at Harvard Law School, which he joined in 1964. He began his academic career at the University of California School of Law at Berkeley in 1959. Previously, he served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia and was law secretary to two U.S. Supreme Court justices. He has published several books and many articles on Chinese law.

Susan Eisenhower is a co-founder and chairman of the Center for Political and Strategic Studies and is completing her tenure as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Nixon Center. She has spent fifteen years of her career on foreign policy issues. A onetime consultant to IBM, American Express, and Loral Space Systems, she is best known for her work on U.S.-Russian relations. In 1998 she was appointed to the National Academy of Sciences?s standing Committee on International Security and Arms Control (CISAC), and currently serves on the Secretary of Energy?s task force to evaluate U.S.-funded non-proliferation programs in Russia.

Eisenhower has written widely in books and journals. She serves on a number of boards, including the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the National Advisory Council of NASA, and the Eisenhower Exchange Fellowships.

William W. George is chairman and chief executive officer of Medtronic, the Minneapolis-based medical technology company. He joined Medtronic in 1989 as president and chief operating officer, was elected chief executive officer in 1991, and became chairman of the board in 1996. Before joining Medtronic, he held a series of executive positions with Honeywell and Litton Industries. From 1966 to 1969 he worked in the U.S. Department of Defense.

George is chair of the board of the Allina Health System, the United Way of Greater Minneapolis, the Minnesota Thunder Pro Soccer, and a member of the board of directors of Target Corporation, Novartis, and Imation. He is also a member of the board of directors of Harvard Business School and the American Red Cross.

Zanny Minton Beddoes is The Economist?s economics correspondent in Washington, D.C. She covers the U.S. economy, international monetary issues, and developments in academic economics. Before moving to Washington in April 1996, she was The Economist?s emerging-markets correspondent based in London. She traveled extensively in Latin America and Eastern Europe, writing editorials and country analyses. She has written surveys about Latin American finance, Central Asia, and international financial reform.

Minton Beddoes joined The Economist in 1994 after spending two years as an economist at the International Monetary Fund, where she worked on macroeconomic adjustment programs in Africa and the transition economies of Eastern Europe. Before joining the IMF, she worked as an adviser to the Minister of Finance in Poland, as part of a small group headed by Professor Jeffrey Sachs of Harvard University. She has written extensively about international financial issues including enlargement of the European Union, the future of the IMF, and economic reform in emerging economies.

With the addition of Cohen, Eisenhower, George, and Minton Beddoes, the Carnegie Endowment now has twenty-three trustees, headed by William H. Donaldson, chairman of the board. They join a distinguished group of foreign policy leaders: Bill Bradley, Robert Carswell, Gregory B. Craig, Richard A. Debs, Leslie H. Gelb, Richard Giordano, Jamie Gorelick, Stephen J. Hadley, Stephen D. Harlan, Donald Kennedy, Robert Legvold, Wilbert J. LeMelle, Stephen R. Lewis Jr., Jessica T. Mathews, Olara A. Otunnu, Geneva Overholser, William J. Perry, and W. Taylor Reveley III.

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