Dr. Leslie H. Gelb is President Emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations, having served as president of the organization from 1993-2003.
Prior to joining CFR, Gelb established a distinguished career at the New York Times, where he held a number of positions including columnist, deputy editorial page editor, and diplomatic correspondent. In 1985, while serving as the Times' national security correspondent, he won the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism.
Dr. Gelb was senior advocate for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace from 1980 to 1981. From 1977 to 1979, he was an Assistant Secretary of State in the Carter Administration, and served as director of the Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs, where he received the highest State Department award: the Distinguished Honor Award.
Gelb currently serves as trustee for The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Tufts University. He is a board member of Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, and an advisory board member for the Center on Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and a fellow at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Gelb holds a B.A. from Tufts University in 1959, and an MA and PhD from Harvard University. He is the author of numerous books and articles, including Anglo-American Relations, 1945-1950: Toward a Theory of Alliances (1988); and Our Own Worst Enemy: The Unmaking of American Foreign Policy (1984).