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  Solarz, Stephen J.
NameStephen J. Solarz
Brooklyn, New York , United States
Born September 12, 1940
DiedNovember 29, 2010 (70 years)
ContributorUser 490
Last ModifedMr. Matt
Nov 30, 2010 07:31am
Tags Jewish - Judaism - Straight -
InfoMr. Solarz is a -board member for several international corporations, including Samsonite, Global Santa Fe and the First Philippine Fund. Mr. Solarz served in public office both in the New York State Assembly and in the U.S. House of Representatives for 24 years.

In 1996, Mr. Solarz served as a foreign policy spokesman for the Clinton-Gore re-election campaign. In June 1996, he co-chaired the international election observer delegation to Bangladesh. In July 1997, he served as President Clinton's special envoy to Cambodia. In 1998, he co-chaired the National Democratic Institute's election observer delegation to Cambodia. In January 1999, he flew to Phnom Penh to meet with Prime Minister Hun Sen and National Assembly President Prince Ranarridh to discuss a tribunal for senior leaders of the Khmer Rouge.

In 1995, together with former Senator George Mitchell and Ambassador Morton Abramowitz, Mr. Solarz founded the International Crisis Group (ICG) , where he serves as vice chair. Former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari is chairman and former Australian Foreign Minister Gareth Evans is president. The ICG is a private, multinational organization, committed to strengthening the capacity and resolve of the international community to anticipate, understand and prevent man-made crises. Its board of directors includes former presidents, prime ministers and other high government officials from countries worldwide.

Upon leaving Congress in 1993, Mr. Solarz served as a visiting professor of international relations at George Washington University and a distinguished consultant at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. In 1993, he was appointed by President Clinton to chair the board of the Central Asian-American Enterprise Fund (CAAEF), a position he held until 1998.

Mr. Solarz served for 18 years on the U.S. House of Representatives International Affairs Committee, serving as chairman of the Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Affairs, and the Subcommittee on Africa. He was also a member of the Budget Committee, the Joint Economic Committee, the Education and Labor Committee, and the Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee.

As a congressman, Mr. Solarz, who traveled widely and met with dozens of world leaders, emerged as a leading spokesman on behalf of democracy and human rights. He played a major role in the congressional effort to restore democracy to the Philippines, abolish apartheid in South Africa and bring peace to Cambodia in 1993. Mr. Solarz also led the successful fight in the House of Representatives in favor of the resolution authorizing the use of force in the Persian Gulf War.

He was elected from Brooklyn's 13th Congressional District to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1974 and re-elected eight times. He served in the New York State Assembly for six years prior to his election to Congress.

Mr. Solarz serves as director of the George Washington University Foreign Policy Forum and as a board member of The Elliott School of International Affairs, also at George Washington University. He is a board member of the Center for International Ethics and Justice of Brandeis University and the International Rescue Committee. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Executive Committee of the American Jewish Congress.

He has written extensively for Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Baltimore Sun, The Christian Science Monitor, Blueprint, the magazine of the Democratic Leadership Council, and other publications. Throughout his career, Mr. Solarz has made numerous appearances on domestic and international television and radio programs.

Mr. Solarz received his Bachelor of Arts from Brandeis University and earned a Master of Administration in Public Law and Government at Columbia University.

Wife: Nina Solarz
Son: Randy Glantz (stepson)

University: BA, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA (1962)
University: MA Government, Columbia University (1967)

U.S. Congressman, New York 13th 1975-93
State Assembly 1968-74
Council on Foreign Relations
International Crisis Group Board
National Democratic Institute for International Affairs Senior Advisory Committee
Project for the New American Century
Member of the Board of Samsonite


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Nov 30, 2010 04:00pm Commentary Steve Solarz (1940-2010) and the making of Senator Schumer  Article Karma Policeman 
Nov 29, 2010 07:00am Obituary Stephen J. Solarz, Former N.Y. Congressman, Dies at 70  Article Mr. Matt 

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