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Strobe Talbott's nomination as Deputy Secretary of State was confirmed by the Senate on February 22, 1994. He was sworn in by Secretary of State Warren Christopher on February 23, 1994.

From April 1993 to February 1994, Mr. Talbott served as Ambassador-at-Large and Special Adviser to the Secretary of State on the New Independent States (NIS).

He was TIME Magazine's Editor-at-Large from September 1989 until March 1993. Prior to that, he had been Washington Bureau Chief for five years. His earlier assignments for TIME were Diplomatic Correspondent (1977- 84), White House correspondent during the Ford Administration (1975-76), State Department correspondent when Henry Kissinger was Secretary of State (1974-75), and Eastern Europe correspondent for two years in the early 1970s.

Mr. Talbott has translated and edited two volumes of Nikita Khrushchev's memoirs, published in 1970 and 1974. His expertise in arms control and Soviet affairs has been evidenced in a number of articles and five books, Endgame: The Inside Story of SALT 11, published in 1979, and Deadly Gambits, published in 1984. He is also the author of The Russians and Reagan (1984) and also co- author of Reagan and Gorbachev (1987), both sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations. His book Master of the Game: Paul Nitze and the Nuclear Peace was published in 1988. His latest book (1993), co-authored with Michael R. Bechloss, was At The Highest Levels: The Inside Story of the End of The Cold War.

Mr. Talbott has twice won the Edward Weintal Prize for distinguished reporting on foreign affairs and diplomacy in 1980 and 1985. His contributions were also cited in three Overseas Press Club Awards to TIME, in 1982, 1987, and 1989.

Mr. Talbott has been a trustee of Yale University and the Hotchkiss School and has served on the Board of Directors of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, The Council on Foreign Relations, and The Aspen Strategy Group. A native of Dayton, Ohio, he was educated at the Hotchkiss School and Yale University, graduating in 1968. Following his graduation, he spent three years at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. Mr. Talbott is married to Brooke Shearer; they have two sons.

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