AMB Edward J. Perkins
Ambassador Edward J. Perkins (ret) joined The Stevenson Group as a Senior Advisor to provide strategic counsel to governments, companies, and organizations worldwide that seek to enhance their opportunities in global markets. During his tenure at the Department of State, Ambassador Perkins led a number of senior-level initiatives that resulted in successful negotiations and new frameworks for resource management in the international arena.
Ambassador Perkins previously was William J. Crowe Professor of Geopolitics and Executive Director of the International Programs Center at the University of Oklahoma. He served as Senior Vice Provost Emeritus of International Programs at the International Program Center and Professor Emeritus of the School of International and Area Studies. He is a member of the American Academy of Diplomacy
After serving in the U.S. Army and Marine Corps, he held numerous positions in the Department of State and Foreign Service. He was appointed the Ambassador to Liberia in 1985, and in 1986 was appointed the Ambassador to South Africa, where he would serve until 1989. He returned home to serve in the State Department until 1992 when he was appointed the Ambassador to the United Nations and U.S. Permanent Representative to the U.N. Security Council. In 1993, he was appointed Ambassador to the Commonwealth of Australia, where he served until 1996 before retiring at the rank of Career Minister in the United States Foreign Service.
He has been awarded honorary degrees from Lewis and Clark College, St. John’s University, the University of Maryland, Beloit College, Winston-Salem State University, St. Augustine College, Bowie State University, and the University of Southern California.
His published works include Mr. Ambassador: Warrior for Peace, Perkins, Edward J. with Connie Cronley. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 2006; and articles on foreign policy including: “New Dimensions in Foreign Affairs: Public Administration Theory in Practice,” Public Administration Review, July-Aug. 1990; “Diversity in the U.S. Diplomacy,” The Bureaucrat, Vol. 20, No. 4, 1991-92; “The United States and the UN,” Yale University Law Journal, 1993; “The United States as a Global Citizen,” Presidential Studies Quarterly, Vol. XXIII, No. 1, Winter 1992;