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Robert E. Osgood Professorship in American Foreign Policy

OsgoodRobertROBERT E. OSGOOD, the third dean of SAIS, was a highly respected expert in foreign policy and the author of several significant texts on international relations. He played a key role at SAIS for 25 years until his death in 1986. He was the school’s director of American Foreign Policy and co-director of Security Studies, but perhaps his most valuable contribution to SAIS was his role in developing what has been called the “SAIS approach,” the analysis of policy based on strong theoretical and historical concepts. He also launched the Master of International Public Policy for mid-career professionals. Outside of his involvement with SAIS, Dr. Osgood was named director of the Washington Center for Foreign Policy Research in 1967, served in 1969-70 on the U.S. National Security Council, and was a member of the secretary of state’s Policy Planning Council from 1983 to 1985.