Robert J. Myers

President, Carnegie Council, 1980-1995

Robert Myers (1924-2011) was a senior-level intelligence officer turned journalist, academic, publisher, and author. In 1944, he was recruited into the Office of Strategic Services—a precursor to the CIA, which he joined in 1949. For the next ten years he served the agency in Japan, Taiwan, Korea, and Indonesia. Soon after leaving the CIA, he co-founded the Washingtonian magazine and was publisher of The New Republic.

Myers was president of the Carnegie Council from 1980 to 1995. During his tenure, he oversaw the launch of the quarterly peer-reviewed journal, Ethics & International Affairs, and the renaming of the Council to the more encompassing Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs.

Featured Work

DEC 7, 1994 Article

Nizer Lectures (1994–1998): William Faulkner's Old Verities: "It's Planting Time in America"

"Faulkner's words stir a dark, punishing wisdom, a plain, spare design for civic conduct," says Jack Valenti. Introduction by Robert Myers.

MAY 12, 1991 Article

Morgenthau Lectures (1981–2006): Speaking Truth to Power: The Quest for Equality in Freedom

Former Council president Robert J. Myers discusses the legacy of Hans J. Morgenthau: his realist doctrine and its influence on American foreign policy; some enduring ...