Tears for C. William Maynes


I received a note last night that another of the people who was responsible for opening many doors for me in Washington when I first moved here in 1994 died yesterday.
I’ll never forget him telling me that while I should also maintain a constructive posture in policy debates, I shouldn’t be afraid of breaking some china and challenging conventional thinking. He was not pleased when I met him of how homogenized the thinking in DC was becoming.
C. William “Bill” Maynes was the editor of Foreign Policy magazine for 17 years and was President Emeritus of the Eurasia Foundation.
I owe much to Bill and will greatly miss him in this town.
— Steve Clemons


2 comments on “Tears for C. William Maynes

  1. Richard Shepard says:

    It was a great pleasure for me to know Bill while I directed Eurasia Foundation in Ukraine. He resisted the politization of aid that taints so much US foreign assistance. He built and sustained the organization with a balanced but optimistic view that by supporting small inititatives proposed by community driven NGOs, long-term economic and civic improvements would result. He will be missed.


  2. gary sick says:

    Bill Maynes was erudite, witty, sophisticated, plain spoken, sensible and persistent in pursuing workable policies. Those are not common characteristics in Washington. We will all be diminished by his absence.


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