Karl Frederick Inderfurth
Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs
Karl F. Inderfurth was nominated by President Clinton to serve as the Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs on June 11, 1997. He was confirmed by the Senate on July 31 and took office on August 4. In this capacity, Ambassador Inderfurth will have responsibility for the countries of India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Maldives. United States interests in South Asia are of growing importance, and include promoting stability and peace in the region, accelerating the already rapid growth in economic relations, supporting sustainable development and protection of the environment.
Prior to his Presidential appointment as Assistant Secretary, Ambassador Inderfurth served as the U.S. Representative for Special Political Affairs to the United Nations. His portfolio included UN peacekeeping, disarmament and security affairs. Ambassador Inderfurth also served as Deputy U.S. Representative on the UN Security Council.
Ambassador Inderfurth was born in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1946. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, majored in Political Science and received his B.A. in 1968. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland and earned his M.A. from the Department of Politics at Princeton University in 1975.
After earning his degrees, Mr. Inderfurth served in several government positions. From 1975 - 1976 he was a Professional Staff Member of the Senate Intelligence Committee. From 1977 to 1979 he served on the staff of the National Security Council at the White House, as Special Assistant to Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski, President Carter's National Security Adviser. And from 1979 to 1981, Mr. Inderfurth was the Deputy Staff Director for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Following the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Mr. Inderfurth joined ABC News, first as a National Security Correspondent with a special focus on arms control. He won several awards for his reporting on the nation's security concerns, including an Emmy and an Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award.
Mr. Inderfurth was Moscow Correspondent for ABC News from February, 1989 to August 1991. In this capacity he reported on the historic transformation of the Soviet Union. During his two and a half year assignment, Mr. Inderfurth traveled to 12 of the then 15 Soviet republics and broadcast more than 400 reports for ABC News.
Mr. Inderfurth is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, the Fulbright Association and the Council of American Ambassadors. Along with Dr. Loch Johnson of the University of Georgia, he co-authored an examination of the history and transformation of the National Security Council entitled Decisions of the Highest Order: Perspectives on the National Security Council. He has been an Op/Ed contributor to the Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor and International Herald Tribune.
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