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John D. Stemple


JOHN D. STEMPEL is Senior Professor of International Relations at the University of Kentucky's Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce and was the school's Director from 1993 to June of 2003. Dr. Stempel graduated cum laude from Princeton University in 1960, then served as a U.S. Navy officer from 1960-1962. After his experience in the navy, Dr. Stempel decided to study political science at the University of California at Berkeley, where he received his M.A. in 1963 and his Ph.D. in 1965. His primary teaching and research fields are Diplomacy, Comparative Politics (India, Iran) and International Relations (Middle Eastern Politics, Diplomacy, Cross Cultural Negotiation and Bargaining). He wrote "Inside the Iranian Revolution" (Indiana University Press, 1981), another monograph on Religion and Diplomacy, and several articles on foreign policy issues. He was twice editorial chairperson of the Foreign Service Journal, and is a member of the University Press of Kentucky Editorial Board.  Prior to coming to Kentucky in 1988, Dr. Stempel completed a distinguished 23-year career in the United States Foreign Service. He served in three major Third World regions: first in Africa, working in Guinea, Burundi and Zambia; during 1975-79 he was posted to the U.S. Embassy in Iran; and in 1985-88 he served as U.S. Consul General for South India at Madras.  During his assignments in Washington, he held positions as the State Department's Crisis Center Director and as Director of the Office of Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs in the Secretary of Defense's office.  He is a member of the New York Council of Foreign Relations and the U.S. Department of Commerce Export Council for Kentucky. He is also active in the International Studies Association, serving as Southern Region President in 2000, and is currently on the executive council of the Diplomatic Studies Section of ISA.

Selected Publications:

"Religion and Intelligence," forthcoming in International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence.

Contemporary Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution: The Intertwining, paper published as a chapter in Multinational Policy Toward World Peace, Univ. of Illinois., 2002

Faith, Diplomacy and the International System, monograph published as a discussion paper by the European Diplomatic Studies Programme, No. 69. Published 2000

"Error, Folly, and Policy Intelligence," International Journal of Intelligence and Counter Intelligence,  Fall 1999, vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 267-281.

Entry on U.S. State Department in Encyclopedia of U.S. Foreign Relations, Oxford University Press, 1997.