Steve Solarz, 1940-2010

I’m sorry to read of the death of Stephen J. Solarz, a former US Congressman who I got to know when he was on the board of the International Crisis Group. He didn’t always get it right – his political career ended with well-publicised financial problems and he was part of the now-forgotten consensus in favour of the Iraq war. But he had done some excellent work earlier in his career on bringing peace to Cambodia and eroding the credibility of President Marcos of the Philippines, and was also one of the more important back-channels between Turkey and the US towards the end of his life; and although I can imagine him infuriating others, he was always cordial at the very least to me, even when we disagreed. It’s not a huge surprise, as he had been in poor health for some time, but sad news all the same.

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