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Antonia Chayes

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Antonia ChayesAntonia Chayes is Visiting Professor of International Politics and Law at the Fletcher School at Tufts University. She has taught at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and at the Harvard Law School. She chairs the Project on International Institutions and Conflict Management at the Program on Negotiation at the Harvard Law School.

Chayes was Vice Chair and Senior Consultant of Conflict Management Group (CMG), a non-profit international dispute resolution organization. She occasionally serves as mediator of corporate disputes for JAMS/ENDISPUTE, where she served for eight years. As a Board member of United Technologies Corporation for 21 years, she chaired its Public Issues Review Committee and served on its Executive Committee until retiring in 2002.

During the Carter administration, she was Assistant and later Under Secretary of the US Air Force, where she was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal. She has served on several federal commissions, including the Vice President’s White House Aviation Safety and Security Commission and the Commission on Roles and Missions of the United States Armed Forces.

Chayes has also practiced law in a Boston law firm. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She serves as a consultant to the Office of Compliance; Adviser and Ombudsman of IFC, and MIGA of the World Bank. She is the author of a number of books and articles.

Chayes was recently honored with the Radcliffe Alumnae Award in recognition of her career of distinguished service. She received her B.A. from Radcliffe College of Harvard University, attended Yale Law School, and received the J.D. from George Washington University.

She is the mother of five, grandmother of nine, and widow of the late Abram Chayes.

—Courtesy of the Fletcher School, Tufts University

 Recommended Reading

Imagine Coexistence: Restoring Humanity After Violent Ethnic Conflict edited by Antonia Chayes and Martha L. Minow (2003).