Michael H. Armacost is a fellow at Stanford University’s Institute for International Studies. He previously was the president of the Brookings Institution from 1995-2002. In January 1977 Armacost was selected as a member of the National Security Council to handle East Asian and Chinese affairs under the Carter administration until July 1978, when he was replaced by Nicholas Platt. Years later he was appointed as the U.S. Ambassador to Japan from 1989-1993, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs from 1984-1989, and Ambassador to the Philippines from 1982-1984. He also served as Acting Secretary of State from January 20-January 25, 1989.
Armacost graduated from Carleton College, where he is currently chairman of the board of trustees, and earned his Ph.D. from Columbia University.