THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES J. STAPLETON ROY AS ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR
INTELLIGENCE AND RESEARCH AT THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE
The President today announced his intent to nominate J. Stapleton Roy to be Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Research at the State Department.
Ambassador Roy, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, joined the Foreign Service in 1956. Over the next two decades, Mr. Roy served in the American Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand, the Consulate General on Hong Kong, the Embassy in Taipei, Taiwan, the American Embassy in Moscow. In 1978 Ambassador Roy was assigned as Deputy Director first of the Soviet desk and later of the Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs. In 1978 he was assigned as Deputy Chief of the U.S. Liaison Office in Beijing, becoming Deputy Chief of Mission when the United States established diplomatic relations with China in 1979. Following an assignment as Deputy Chief of Mission in Bangkok, Thailand, Ambassador Roy was appointed Ambassador to Singapore in 1984. He returned to Washington in 1986 to become Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, following which he served two years as Executive Secretary of the Department and Special Assistant to the Secretary of State. Ambassador Roy was appointed Ambassador to the People's Republic of China in 1991 and then served as Ambassador to Indonesia from 1996-1999.
Ambassador Roy received a B.A. from Princeton University in 1956 and completed one year of post-graduate studies at the University of Washington from 1964-1965.
The Assistant Secretary reports directly to the Secretary of State on all intelligence matters, providing current and objective analysis on critical foreign policy priorities, both immediate and long term. The Assistant Secretary is also responsible for ensuring that the wide range of U.S. intelligence activities are reflective of Administration foreign policy objectives in a post Cold-War environment.