Thomas Simons

Simons Jr.

U.S. Foreign Service Officer 1963-1998, former U.S. Ambassador to Poland and Pakistan

Visiting Scholar

Thomas W. Simons, Jr., is currently a visiting scholar at Harvard's Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. He holds a B.A. from Yale and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard, and during a 35-year U.S. Foreign Service career, he specialized in East-West relations, including service in Warsaw, Moscow, and Bucharest, and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State responsible for Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union (1986–1989). During the 1990s he was U.S. Ambassador to Poland, Coordinator of U.S. Assistance to the New Independent States of the former Soviet Union, and U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan. Simons is the author of dozens of articles on the European East, Eurasia, and the Subcontinent, and of four books, including his most recent, Eurasia's New Frontiers: Young States, Old Societies, Open Futures (Cornell, 2008). He has taught at Brown, Stanford, Cornell, and in Harvard's Government Department ("Post-Communist Islam" and "Islam in Central and South Asia" (2007–2010)), and he will teach there on Central Asia in the spring of 2014.

Contemporary post-Soviet affairs;
modern and contemporary Islam;
South and Southwest Asia.
Foreign Language


, History
, Harvard University
Selected Publications

Eurasia’s New Frontiers: Young States, Old Societies, Open Futures (Cornell UP, 2008).

"Thoughts on the Current Crisis," in South Asia in 2020: Future Strategic Balances and Alliances, ed. Michael R. Chambers (U.S. Army War College, 2002).

Islam in a Globalizing World (Stanford UP, 2003).

Eastern Europe in the Postwar World, 2nd rev. ed., New York: St. Martin's Press (1993).

The End of the Cold War? New York: St. Martin's Press (1990).