Leslie Gelb

  • Council on Foreign Relations and The New York Times, emeritus

Leslie Gelb is president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations, which he served as from 1993 to 2005, and is currently a Board Senior Fellow there. From 1981 to 1993, he worked for The New York Times as a columnist, deputy editorial page editor, op-ed page editor, national security correspondent, and diplomatic correspondent. He won the Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Journalism in 1986 for his work on a six-part comprehensive series on the Strategic Defense Initiative, which explored the scientific, political and foreign policy issues involved in “Star Wars.” He won the American Political Science Association Woodrow Wilson award for the best book on international relations in 1980 for The Irony of Vietnam: The System Worked, co-authored with Richard Betts. Prior to joining The New York Times, Les was a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; assistant secretary of state for political/military affairs; senior fellow at the Brookings Institution; and visiting professor at Georgetown University. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Les earned his Ph.D. in government from Harvard University.