John E. Rielly

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John E. Rielly is currently an Adjunct Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University and a Visiting Professor in the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Affairs at the University of California, San Diego. During the first half of 2002, he was a Public Policy Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. Prior to his retirement in August of 2001, Rielly served for three decades as Executive Director and President of the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, a large, private foreign policy institute in Chicago founded in 1922.  Mr. Rielly earned his B.A. at St. John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota, spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar at the London School of Economics and Political Science, received his Ph.D. in political science at Harvard University, and taught in the Department of Government at Harvard University from 1958-1961. From 1962-1963 he served in the United States Department of State; from 1963-1969 he was foreign policy assistant to Senator and Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey; from 1969-1970 he was a consultant to the Office of European and International Affairs at the Ford Foundation. He became executive director of The Chicago Council on Foreign Relations in 1971 and president of the Council in 1974. In June 1998, he also became Director of the newly established Konrad Adenauer Program for European Policy Studies at the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations. John Rielly is the author of American Public Opinion and US Foreign Policy, and has published articles in Foreign Policy ; The New York Times ; Europa Arhiv ;  Politique Etrangère ; International Politik ;  The Chicago Tribune, and other journals.


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