Max Kampelman, born Max Kampelmacher (November 7, 1920 – January 25,
2013), was an American diplomat.
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Kampelman was born in New York, New York. He received his B.A. from
New York University in 1940 and LL.B., also from New York University,
in 1947, and an honorary LL.D. from
Bates College in 1986. At the
University of Minnesota, he earned an M.A. in political science in
1946, an M.A. in public administration in 1947, and a Ph.D. in
political science in 1952.
His career started during the
Second World War
Second World War as a conscientious
objector. To fulfill his draft obligation, he volunteered for the
Minnesota Starvation Experiment at the University of Minnesota
undertaken by nutritionist Ancel Keys. Upon completing the one-year
experiment, he renounced pacifism and went on to become a lawyer,
diplomat and educator.
He served as Ambassador to the Conference on Security and Cooperation
in Europe from 1980–1983; Ambassador and Head of the United States
Delegation to the Negotiations with the Soviet Union on Nuclear and
Space Arms in
Geneva from 1985–1989; and as Counselor to the United
States Department of State from 1987–1989. He then rejoined the law
firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver, & Jacobson LLP, where he
was of counsel.
Kampelman was a member of the Board of Advisors for the think-tank
Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs
Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA). From 1958-1985
he served on the Board of Trustees of the Institute for American
Universities, a non-profit study abroad organization for U.S.
undergraduates in Aix-en-Provence, France. He was vice-chairman of the
Board of Directors of the
United States Institute of Peace
United States Institute of Peace from
1992–2001. At the time of his death, he was co-chair of the American
Committee for Peace in Chechnya and a member of the Committee on the
Present Danger, a policy institute that favors larger defense budgets
and arms build-ups.
On January 18, 1989, President Reagan awarded Kampelman the
Presidential Citizens Medal. On August 11, 1999, President Clinton
awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom. On May 22, 2008, at a
ceremony held at the US State Department in Washington, DC, Kampelman
was presented by the
National Endowment for Democracy
National Endowment for Democracy with its
Democracy Service Medal in recognition of his lifetime achievement in
advancing the principles of freedom, human rights, and democracy.
Kampelman served as a motivating force behind the op-ed "A World Free
of Nuclear Weapons," published on January 4, 2007, in the Wall Street
Journal by George P. Shultz, Henry Kissinger,
Sam Nunn and William
List of U.S. political appointments that crossed party lines
Washington Week, Kampelman hosted 1969-1971
Legends in the Law: Max Kampelman
The American Academy of Diplomacy
^ Yardley, William (January 28, 2013). "Max Kampelman, Who Led Arms
Talks, Dies at 92". The New York Times. Retrieved January 28,
Washington Week web site. Retrieved 2015-01-25.
KAMPELMAN, Max M. International Who's Who. accessed September 4, 2006.
A World Free of Nuclear Weapons. The Wall Street Journal. accessed
August 26, 2008.
The Papers of Max M. Kampelman are available for research use at the
Minnesota Historical Society.