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Rozanne L. Ridgway
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Ridgway with "Erich Honecker, 1985
"Assistant Secretary of State for European and Canadian Affairs
In office
July 19, 1985 – June 30, 1989
President "Ronald Reagan
"George H. W. Bush
Preceded by "Richard Burt
Succeeded by "Raymond Seitz
"United States Ambassador to East Germany
In office
January 26, 1983 – July 13, 1985
President "Ronald Reagan
Preceded by "Herbert Okun
Succeeded by "Francis Meehan
"Counselor of the United States Department of State
In office
March 20, 1980 – February 24, 1981
President "Ronald Reagan
Preceded by "Matthew Nimetz
Succeeded by "Robert McFarlane
"United States Ambassador to Finland
In office
August 5, 1977 – February 20, 1980
President "Jimmy Carter
Preceded by "Mark Austad
Succeeded by "James Goodby
Personal details
Born (1935-08-22) August 22, 1935 (age 82)
"Saint Paul, "Minnesota, "U.S.
Political party "Republican
"Alma mater "Hamline University

Rozanne Lejeanne Ridgway (born August 22, 1935 in "Saint Paul, Minnesota) served 32 years with the "U.S. State Department, holding several posts, including ambassador to "Finland and to "East Germany, and finished her career as "Assistant Secretary of State for European and Canadian Affairs. She is currently a director of "Boeing, "Emerson Electric Company, "3M Company, "Sara Lee Corporation, and "Manpower Inc..

Ridgway has been an American foreign policy leader since the "Richard Nixon administration. She has acted as an international negotiator on behalf of the "United States.

In the early 1970s, Ridgway negotiated longstanding issues over fishing rights in "Brazil, "Peru and the "Bahamas. This led to her appointment in 1976 as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for "Oceans and "Fisheries. During her tenure, she negotiated the 200-mile (370 km) fishing rights treaty. Ridgway's subsequent negotiations led to the return of property of U.S. citizens from "Czechoslovakia.[1]

As Special Assistant to the Secretary of State for Negotiations and, subsequently, the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Canadian Affairs, she was the lead negotiator at all five Reagan-Gorbachev summits. These brought the first substantive reductions in nuclear weapons, signaled the beginning of the end of Communism and the Cold War, and established the fundamental realignment of global power as America prepared to enter the twenty first century.[1]

Between Ridgway's positions at the Department of State, she served as America's Ambassador to "Finland from 1977 to 1980 and as the Ambassador to the "German Democratic Republic between 1983 and 1985.[2]

She is a member of the following organizations:

She was president of the "Atlantic Council from 1989 to 1996, and currently the chairwoman of the "Baltic-American Freedom Foundation.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ridgway, Rozanne L". National Women’s Hall of Fame. Retrieved 14 September 2017. 
  2. ^ Rozanne L. Ridgway
  3. ^ Giovanni Angioni (2010-09-20). "Building on success, investing in Human Capital". Estonian Free Press. Retrieved 2010-09-27. 

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
"Mark Austad
"United States Ambassador to Finland
1977–1980
Succeeded by
"James Goodby
Preceded by
"Herbert Okun
"United States Ambassador to East Germany
1983–1985
Succeeded by
"Francis Meehan
Political offices
Preceded by
"Matthew Nimetz
"Counselor of the United States Department of State
1980–1981
Succeeded by
"Robert McFarlane
Preceded by
"Richard Burt
"Assistant Secretary of State for European and Canadian Affairs
1985–1989
Succeeded by
"Raymond Seitz
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