Robert Hutchings, 52, was director for European affairs with the National Security Council from 1989 to 1992, and special adviser to the secretary of state in 1992 and 1993, with the rank of ambassador. He served as deputy director of Radio Free Europe from 1979 to 1984 and has been on the faculty of the University of Virginia. His most recent books are American Diplomacy and the End of the Cold War (1997) and At the End of the American Century (1998). In 1998, Hutchings was awarded the Order of Merit of Poland for his contributions to Polish freedom. He is now assistant dean for academic affairs of the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, where he also teaches international politics.