Secretaries of State Since WWII

This section gives information on each Secretary of State since World War II.  In addition to brief text and references, video clips on several are also included.



Lawrence S. Eagleburger -- 1992-1993

Lawrence (Larry) Eagleburger, who served as Secretary of State for a brief period at the end of the administration of George H.W. Bush, is the only career Foreign Service officer ever to hold that position. He established his credentials with the Republican Party leadership as a National Security Council staffer under Henry Kissinger during the Richard M. Nixon Administration, as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (the #3 position in the Department) during much of the Ronald Reagan Administration, and Deputy Secretary of State from the beginning of the Bush administration. In addition, he had been President Carter’s ambassador to Yugoslavia. As Deputy Secretary he also was President Bush’s primary advisor on the rapidly disintegrating Yugoslavia, an assignment that brought criticism from those who charged him with a pro-Serb bias. Within the career Foreign Service of the State Department, Eagleburger is widely considered one of the most distinguished professional diplomats of his time.