Most officials of the Omaha Committee (OCFR) over its nearly 50 years were faculty members of Creighton University performing their roles as a public service. The Council on Foreign Relations, New York City, created the Committee as one of more than 35 affiliates, each to be a nucleus of informed opinion on U.S. foreign policy, contributing local views to the speakers and the Council. While the meetings of the Committee with policy makers, journalists, diplomats, and international business and government officials were held on a not-for-attribution basis, the OCFR officials generally arranged campus visits and news media contacts to widen a speaker’s impact.
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Creighton University Archives contain the original files from which a team headed by Kenneth L. Wise extracted the information on this site; Dr. Wise has added occasional notes and classifications. The full files, available through the office of the University Archivist, include Omaha Committee membership and finance information plus correspondence between the Omaha Committee and the New York Council on Foreign Relations with further materials about persons who declined to speak or cancelled and documents pertinent to Omaha participation in the Council’s annual Conference of Committees in New York City.
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE|Dr. Zic was a research Associate at the Institute of International Politics and Economics in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. For the remainder of the 1985 academic year, he held a fellowship at the Institute for East-West Security Studies in New York City. He has conducted research on the foreign policies of the Soviet Union and East European countries, and the political processes within the Warsaw Treaty Organization. His research has covered topics such as inter-German relations, West European-American relations, and the role of Western Europe with NATO.
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE|Zakheim has held positions including Duputy Under Secretary of Defense for Planning and Resources; Assistant Under Secretary of Defense; Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense. He also holds degrees from both Oxford and Columbia Universities.
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE|Born in Suzhou, China, in 1923, Mr. Zhao was a student and teacher of economics in China before doing graduate work at Vanderbilt and Harvard between 1948 and 1950. Between 1951 and 1980 he was a journalist in China, with stints on People's China, Bejing Review, and as editor on Reference for Editors and Translators. Since then he has been a Nieman Fellow at Harvard, Research Associate at the John King Fairbank Center for East Asian Research, and a Fellow of the National Humanities Center in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill Triangle. He has also lectured at Harvard, the Asia Society, US Foreign Service Institute, and at the Rockefeller Foundation.
ANNECDOTE| Peter Unwin helped teach me that "Information Officers," government mouthpieces, care little for analysis or expanding our thinking. They may be useful in giving one-off answers to news media questions that help journalists do their jobs, but not memorable for more serious audiences.
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE|Tatad was the principal co-author, 1984 constitutional amendment reestablishing succession to the Philippine Presidency by creating the Office of Vice-President. He was also the author, 1984 constitutional amendment fixing the minimum age of Presidential and Vice-presidential candidates at 40 years.