Priscilla Clapp

Minister-Counselor (ret.)


Minister-Counselor (ret.)
U.S. Foreign Service


Priscilla A. Clapp is a retired Minister-Counselor in the U.S. Foreign Service. She is currently involved in community and academic work with several institutions.

During her 30-year career with the U.S. Government, Ms. Clapp served as Chief of Mission in the U.S. Embassy in Burma (1999–2002), Deputy Chief of Mission in the U.S. Embassy in South Africa (1993–96), Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Refugee Programs (1989–93), Political Counselor in the U.S. Embassy in Moscow (1986–88), and Chief of Political-Military Affairs in the U.S. Embassy in Japan (1981–85). She also worked on the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff; in its East Asian, Political Military, and International Organizations Bureaus; and with the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency.

Prior to government service, Ms. Clapp spent ten years in foreign policy and arms control research, under contract to the MIT Center for International Studies and as a Research Associate at the Brookings Institution. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

Ms. Clapp’s books include Bureaucratic Politics and Foreign Policy (with Morton Halperin, Brookings, 2006), Managing an Alliance: The Politics of U.S.-Japanese Relations (with I.M. Destler et al., Brookings, 1976), and U.S.-Japanese Relations in the 1970’s (with Morton Halperin, Harvard, 1974). She is also the author of numerous chapters, articles, and other publications on foreign policy. She speaks Russian, Japanese, French, and some Burmese.

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