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  • Ambassador Harvey Feldman

    On Tuesday, The Heritage Foundation lost a distinguished colleague, mentor and friend, Ambassador Harvey Feldman. Harvey Feldman’s leadership throughout his career in the U.S. Foreign Service and for more than a decade at Heritage helped define America’s long-term interests in Asia and around the world.

    He was a valued counselor, a wise observer of foreign affairs, and a great patriot. He was also a patient and understanding person with whom many of us were privileged to travel and to learn from.

    Harvey Feldman retired from the U.S. Foreign Service after a career spanning more than three decades and four continents. An East Asian specialist for most of his career, Feldman also served with distinction in Eastern Europe and the United Nations.

    He helped plan President Richard Nixon’s historic first visit to China in 1972 as a member of the State Department’s Policy Planning Council. He later continued his involvement with the China relations process as Director of the Office of the Republic of China Affairs. In that capacity, he created the American Institute in Taiwan which replaced the U.S. embassy in Taipei after relations where shifted to Beijing. Though nominally an unofficial foundation, the institute carries out all the essential functions of an official U.S. embassy. Feldman also was one of the drafters of the Taiwan Relations Act – a landmark legislation that defines the U.S. relationship with Taiwan.

    After serving as U.S. Ambassador to Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, he was asked by then-U.N. Ambassador Jeanne Kirkpatrick to join her staff as alternate U.S. Representative to the United Nations, with the rank of Ambassador. He was a delegate to six U.N. General Assemblies and served as U.S. representative on the Trusteeship Council. He led American delegations to the Economic and Social Council for Asia and the Pacific, and also represented the United States on the Commission on Human Rights, and the Commission on the Status of Women.

    After retiring from the Foreign Service, Feldman spent a year as Vice President of the Institute for East-West Security Studies, a think tank specializing on arms control and disarmament issues. Thereafter, he taught graduate seminars in international relations at New York University, with emphasis on techniques of multilateral negotiation. After moving to Washington, he became a partner in Global Business Access Ltd., a consulting firm formed by retired senior diplomats. Thereafter he became Executive Director of the joint Presidential Commission that recommended the creation of Radio Free Asia. He joined Heritage in 1996.

    Feldman spoke Mandarin Chinese, Japanese and Bulgarian. His op-ed essays and articles appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Journal of Commerce, Asian Survey, The National Interest, and the Strategic Studies Series of The Claremont Institute’s Asian Studies Center and countless other publications. He was the editor of two books, Taiwan in a Time of Transition, and Constitutional Reform and the Future of China. Feldman was also a member of the Board of Directors of two Washington institutions, the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs and the U.S.-India Institute.

    We will miss him and his insights for our Asian Studies Center, for our whole Heritage team and for our Nation. We mourn the loss of this gentleman and friend.

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    4 Responses to Ambassador Harvey Feldman

    1. Valerie Griffin Hel says:

      Sorry for the loss. Maybe someone else will do

      just as good as he did.

    2. Ginger Miller, McLea says:

      Harvey was absolutely humble about all of his amazing accomplishments, a wonderfully interesting gentleman, and above all a very special, caring father to his dear son Sasha also referred to as Alex. My life has been enriched by knowing this family. I am deeply respectful of Harvey's family and send my condolences to his wife and son from my son Ted Miller at Trinity Pawling School and me.

      Ginger Miller

    3. Mort Schagrin, Water says:

      My condolences to his wife and son. I am deeply saddened to learn about the loss of my old college friend and roommate.

    4. Annie Jonas, Beijing says:

      I am so deeply saddened by this news, although I realize I am a bit late in hearing it. I met Harvey through his generous work for the Forum for American/Chinese Exchange at Stanford, and was touched by his warmth, intelligence, and kindness. I always looked forward to receiving his emails, and I was lucky enough to meet with him a few times in the US and once in Beijing. He had such a big heart, and was so open in sharing his experiences and advice with a young college student… I will forever be grateful for his guidance and support. My sincerest condolences to his family.

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