The Foreign Service Journal - January/February 2014 - page 16

A proud Hoosier, Dick Lugar has served America for more
than half a century, from a young Navy lieutenant to a
respected leader in the United States Senate. I’ll always be
thankful to Dick for taking me—a new, junior senator—under his
wing, including travels together to review some of his visionary work,
the destruction of Cold War arsenals in the former Soviet Union—
something that doesn’t get a lot of public notice, but was absolutely
critical to making us safer in the wake of the Cold War.
Now, I should say, traveling with Dick you get close to unexploded
landmines, mortar shells, test tubes filled with anthrax and the plague.
(Laughter.) His legacy, though, is the thousands of missiles and bomb-
ers and submarines and warheads that no longer threaten us because
of his extraordinary work. Our nation and our world are safer because
of this statesman. And in a time of unrelenting partisanship, Dick
Lugar’s decency, his commitment to bipartisan problem-solving, stand as a
model of what public service ought to be. …
Representing the state of Indiana for over three decades in the United
States Senate, Richard G. Lugar put country above party and self to forge
bipartisan consensus. Throughout his time in the Senate, he offered effec-
tive solutions to our national and international problems, advocating for the
control of nuclear arms and other weapons of mass destruction.
Working with Senator Sam Nunn, Richard Lugar established the Nunn-
Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program, one of our country’s most
successful national security initiatives, helping to sustain American lead-
ership and engage nations in collaboration after decades of confronta-
tion. He remains a strong voice on foreign policy issues, and his
informed perspective will have broad influence for years to come.
—Excerpted from
ceremony where he presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom to former Senator
Richard G. Lugar and 15 other recipients.
Contemporary Quote
Fortunately, he had the
resources and connections to fight back,
and Interpol soon dismissed the request as
politically motivated, and deleted the entry
from its database.
abuses, declares Ronald K. Noble, the
he used the media to marshal political
support. “Interpol tends to take coun-
tries’ arrest warrants at face value,” says
Jackman. “They don’t look at whether
the person is already recognized by
another country as a refugee.”
Fair Trials calls on Interpol to review
preliminary notices before they are posted,
noting that member countries currently
have no way to verify that a listing has been
removed from the database. It also urges
Interpol to develop clearly defined proce-
dures for appeals by listed individuals, be
more transparent about how its database
operates, and safeguard the right to appeal
when initial requests to remove names
1...,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15 17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,...100
Powered by FlippingBook