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Ambassador John Davis: The 1989 Roundtable Talks and Solidarność 25 Years Later

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Published on May 8, 2014

Ambassador John R. Davis was Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw from 1983 to 1990. He and his wife, Helen, were enthusiastic supporters of Solidarity and the Roundtable process of 1989 as well as the peaceful regime change which followed. A graduate of UCLA and Harvard, he was a Foreign Service Officer for 39 years, serving in Warsaw for a total of 13 years over three decades, as well as Djakarta, Rome, Milan, Sydney, and Bucharest. He received the Department of State's Distinguished Service Award in 1991 for his work in Poland. After a year as Diplomat-in-Residence at Yale, he was appointed U.S. Ambassador to Romania in 1992. He retired in 1994.




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