Robert Myers

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Robert Myers

Robert John Myers is a political analyst and a former CIA agent.

Biographical Information

Education and military career

Myers attended Depauw University before joining the United States army in June 1943. He enrolled in the ASTP program in Japanese language and area studies at the University of Chicago in November 1943. In 1944, he was recruited into the Office of Strategic Services and sent to China in March 1945. There he was assigned to the Eagle Project for Korean independence. He earned an M.A. in international relations from the University of Chicago in 1948 and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1960 whilst working at the CIA.


Myers joined the Central Intelligence Agency in 1949. He was assigned to Japan and Taiwan from 1950 to 1952, serving briefly in Korea during that time. After a second tour in Japan, Myers was assigned to Indonesia from 1956 to 1958. From 1960 to 1962 he was Cambodia chief of station. From 1963 to 1965 he was deputy chief of FE division. [1]

Publishing and think-tanks

After leaving the CIA Myers co-founded the Washingtonian magazine. He was the publisher of The New Republic until 1979, [2] a right wing magazine which was critical of the 'New Left' and highly supportive of Israel. Myers was good friends with fellow CIA-man and right wing activist Ray Cline. They appeared together before a January 1978 congressional hearing on the CIA and the media where Myers stated: "The reciprocal relationship between the CIA and the American press has been of value to both parties and often to the individuals themselves whose careers may have mutually benefited by such connections." [3]

From 1980 to 1994 Myers was president of the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs. [4]

Current activities

Myers is currenly a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. According to his profile he is working on a new book, Traditional Virtues and Values in American Foreign Policy: The Dilemma of Intervention.

Publications and Notes


U.S. Foreign Policy in the 21st Century: The Relevance of Realism (Louisiana State University Press, 1999)
Korea in the 20th Century: From Colonialism to Globalism
Korea in the Cross Currents: A Century of Struggle and the Crisis of Reunification (St. Martin’s Press, 2001).


  1. Hoover Institution, Robert J. Myers - Research Fellow (accessed 5 March 2009)
  2. Hoover Institution, Robert J. Myers - Research Fellow (accessed 5 March 2009)
  3. Fred Landis, 'Georgetown's Ivory Tower for Old Spooks', Inquiry, 30 September 1979
  4. Hoover Institution, Robert J. Myers - Research Fellow (accessed 5 March 2009)