Maynard W. Glitman

Maynard W. Glitman
United States Ambassador to Belgium
In office
July 15, 1988  June 17, 1991
President Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Geoffrey Swaebe
Succeeded by Bruce Gelb
Personal details
Born (1933-12-08)December 8, 1933
Chicago, Illinois
Died December 13, 2010(2010-12-13) (aged 77)
Spouse(s) G. Christine Amundsen
Alma mater University of Illinois;
Tufts University
Profession Diplomat

Maynard Wayne Glitman (December 8, 1933 – December 13, 2010) was an American diplomat. Glitman negotiated the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty in 1987. Later, Glitman served as the United States Ambassador to Belgium 1988–1991.[1]


Ambassador Glitman, known to his friends as Mike, was born in Chicago, Ill. on Dec. 8, 1933 to Reada and Ben Glitman. Mike earned a bachelor's degree with highest honors from the University of Illinois in 1955, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He later completed a master's degree in 1956, from the Tufts University, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.


Ambassador Glitman started his 38-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service in 1956. During that time, he served in the Departments of State and Defense in Washington, D.C., and in numerous other positions. In Washington, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Trade Policy, and also as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs.

His early foreign postings included Nassau, Bahamas, Ottawa, Canada and Paris, France. In 1977, he was assigned as Deputy Chief of Mission at the United States Mission to NATO in Brussels, Belgium.

In 1981, he became intensely involved in Arms Control issues as the Deputy Chief negotiator in the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces negotiation in Geneva, Switzerland. During the hiatus in the talks caused by the walk out of the Soviet delegation, he was posted to Vienna, Austria where he served as the Chief United States Representative, to the Mutual and Balanced Force Reduction Negotiations. When the INF talks resumed six months later, President Reagan called him to return to Geneva and lead the delegation in renewed talks with the Soviet Union. Those talks successfully concluded in 1987, when the U.S. Senate ratified the INF treaty eliminating an entire class of nuclear weapons, a significant achievement in the ending of the Cold War. His last posting as Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium concluded a long and successful career in service to his country.[2]


In recognition of his work, he was awarded the Presidential Distinguished Public Service Award in 1989 and Presidential Meritorious Public Service Award in 1987 and 1984. The Department of Defense awarded him the Outstanding Public Service Medal in 1980 and its Meritorious Public Service Medal in 1977.

After retiring from the Foreign Service, Ambassador Glitman wrote articles for many foreign affairs publications, served as diplomat in residence and an adjunct political science professor at the University of Vermont.

Glitman died at the age of 77 on December 13 after a struggle with dementia.


  • The Last Battle of the Cold War, Palgrave Macmillan, 2006. ISBN 9781403972811


Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Geoffrey Swaebe
United States Ambassador to Belgium
Succeeded by
Bruce Gelb
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