Howard B Schaffer, an American diplomat who spent much of his 36-year career dealing with US relations with South Asia, passed away on Friday November 17th, 2017 of old age complications.
He served as ambassador to Bangladesh (1984-87), political counselor at American embassies in India (1977-79) and Pakistan (1974-77), and was twice deputy assistant secretary of state responsible for South Asian affairs. His earlier assignments included stints as director of the Office of Indian, Nepalese, and Sri Lankan Affairs and postings to New Delhi, Seoul, and Kuala Lumpur. He retired from the Foreign Service in 1991 and returned in 1995 to Washington from Sri Lanka, where his wife, Teresita C. Schaffer, was American ambassador. From 1996-2011 he was at Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy He was also an adjunct professor at the Foreign Service school at Georgetown University.
Ambassador Schaffer has a BA from Harvard College and has done graduate work at Columbia and Princeton. His book, How Pakistan Negotiates with the United States: Riding the Roller Coaster, co-authored with his wife, Teresita Schaffer, was published by the United States Institute of Peace in 2011. He is also the author of two biographies of American diplomats. Schaffer has written many articles and book chapters about South Asian issues.