CSIS mourns the loss of counselor and trustee Ambassador Richard Fairbanks (1941–2013)
"I will cherish my times with Dick Fairbanks, and I will never forget his friendship and his leadership for our nation." –CSIS Chairman Senator Sam Nunn
“Ambassador Richard Fairbanks was a cherished friend and a devoted public servant. His contributions and leadership in shaping U.S. foreign and domestic policy will be felt for generations to come. His stewardship of the Center for Strategic & International Studies as former president and CEO, and today as a counselor and trustee, has been invaluable and will be impossible to replace.
Ambassador Fairbanks' personal passion was to promote a deeper understanding of the complexities of the Middle East and to help bridge the differences among the people of the region. With the creation of Layalina Productions in 2002, Dick continued his life’s work to help further understanding on the most controversial issues between the U.S. and the Arab world by providing publications and programming for satellite and cable television networks throughout the Arab Middle East and North Africa. As both a senior U.S. official and as a private citizen, Dick’s tireless efforts in this work will forever stand as an example of diplomacy at its very best.
We will miss Dick not only because of his noteworthy successes as a public servant and policy leader, but because of his giant heart, his gentlemanly grace, and his indestructible spirit. On this sad occasion, our hearts and prayers go out to the entire Fairbanks family as we honor the life and memory of our dear friend and colleague. I will cherish my times with Dick Fairbanks, and I will never forget his friendship and his leadership for our nation.”
–CSIS Chairman Senator Sam Nunn