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Stephen A. Oxman

Stephen Alan Oxman (born 1945) was United States Assistant Secretary of State for European and Canadian Affairs from 1993 to 1994.


Stephen A. Oxman was educated at Princeton University, graduating magna cum laude with a B.A. in 1967. He then earned a J.D. at Yale University, before becoming a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, where he earned a Ph.D.

In 1973, Oxman joined the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore as an associate attorney. He left Cravath in 1977 when he became Executive Assistant to United States Deputy Secretary of State Warren Christopher. He later became a consultant to United States Secretary of State Cyrus Vance during the Iran hostage crisis.

Following the end of the Carter administration, in 1980, Oxman joined Shearman & Sterling as a litigation partner. In 1988, he moved to the newly founded investment bank of Wasserstein Perella & Co.

In 1993, President of the United States Bill Clinton nominated Oxman as Assistant Secretary of State for European and Canadian Affairs, and he held this office from April 2, 1993 until August 15, 1994.

Upon leaving government service in 1994, Oxman joined Morgan Stanley in 1999.

Oxman currently serves as a trustee of Princeton University.


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Preceded by
Thomas Niles
Assistant Secretary of State for European and Canadian Affairs
April 2, 1993 – August 15, 1994
Succeeded by
Richard Holbrooke
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