April 1, 2003 | Press Release

Richard Carlson joins FDD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                   CONTACT: Travis Clark @ 202-207-0186

April 3, 2003                                                            [email protected]




 Richard Carlson joins Anti-Terrorism Think Tank

Fmr. Director-General of VOA joins the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies


Washington, D.C. – Richard W. Carlson has joined the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies as a Vice-Chairman. 


Carlson has a long distinguished career in the media, government service and diplomacy.  Prior to joining FDD, he was U.S. Ambassador to Seychelles, the director-general of Voice of America during the last six years of the Cold War, and the President and CEO of both the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and King World Public Television.


Carlson is an experienced diplomat.  As VOA director he led official U.S. delegations to the Soviet Union, People's Republic of China, and other countries. He also has testified numerous times before congressional committees and before both the British House of Commons and the Israeli Knesset. He has been an advisor to the Institute for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence in Washington, DC, founded by Buck Revel, former assistant director of the FBI in charge of counter terrorism, and R. James Woolsey, former CIA director.  Woolsey is a Distinguished Advisor to the FDD.


Richard Carlson has been a writer for Time and Look magazines, as well as a correspondent for ABC-TV.  He has won three Hollywood Emmys, four Golden Mike Awards and the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award.


“This is a critical time in the world.  The work of the Foundation is more important than ever.  I'm gratified to play a role in combating terrorism and defending open, politically free societies,” said Carlson


Clifford D. May, President of FDD said: “We are both honored and excited that Ambassador Carlson has agreed to join us, that he has agreed to put his experience and talents in the service of this serious and important cause.”



The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies is a non-profit, non-partisan think tank based in Washington, DC.  FDD promotes research and promotes education and informed debate about terrorism and the policies that can help democratic societies defend themselves from terrorism and the radical ideologies that drive terrorism.

For more information contact Travis Clark @ 202-207-0186 or [email protected] .


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