Sutterlin, James S. 1922-
Sutterlin, James S. 1922-
Born March 15, 1922, in Frankfort, KY; son of Frederick John (a manufacturer) and Agnes (a homemaker) Sutterlin; married Renate Craine (a teacher and administrator); children: Rose E. Sutterlin Salim, Sabrina Sutterlin Fox, Janice Ann, James E. Education: Haverford College, B.A., 1943; attended Harvard University, 1949-50, 1968-69. Politics: Democrat. Religion: Presbyterian. Hobbies and other interests: Gardening, travel.
Writer. U.S. Department of State, Washington, DC, counselor at embassies, 1963-68, director of Central European affairs of U.S. Foreign Service, 1969-73, inspector general of U.S. Foreign Service, 1973-74; United Nations, New York, NY, director of Secretariat, 1974-87; Long Island
University, adjunct professor of political science, 1986—. Yale University, lecturer and distinguished fellow, 1990—. Academic Council on the United Nations System, chair. Wainwright House, president.
Council on Foreign Relations, United Nations Association of the U.S.A.
Honorary doctorate, Kyung Hee University.
(With David Klein) Berlin: From Symbol of Confrontation to Keystone of Stability, Praeger Publishers (New York, NY), 1989.
The United Nations and the Maintenance of International Security: A Challenge to Be Met, Praeger Publishers (Westport, CT), 1995, 2nd edition, 2003.
(With Jean E. Krasno) The United Nations and Iraq: Defanging the Viper, Praeger Publishers (Westport, CT), 2003.
Shorter works include"The Imperative of Idealism," Academic Council on the United Nations System (Providence, RI), 1997. Contributor to books. Contributor to academic journals.
James S. Sutterlin told CA: "My writing has been an offspring of my professional careers. My book on Berlin was inspired by my work as a German specialist in the Department of State and by two assignments to Berlin. My textbook on the United Nations resulted from my participation in academic conferences on the United Nations while I was in the Secretariat and afterwards. In this same context I wrote articles and book chapters, some of which were originally conference papers.
"My book on the United Nations in Iraq emerged from an oral history project that I directed at Yale University, My coauthor and I interviewed many of the leading figures in the United Nations operation to eliminate weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. The interviews were so interesting and relevant that a book covering them and other significant topics seemed demanded by history.
"My writing style was undoubtedly influenced by my service in the United Nations, where I served as speechwriter for the secretary general. The result was a tendency toward formal phraseology and a balanced statement of facts."
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
Ramcharan, Bertrand, editor, Conflict Prevention in Practice: Essays in Honour of James Sutterlin, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers (Boston, MA), 2005.