Richard McCormack

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Person.png Richard McCormack   NNDB SourcewatchRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(spook, businessman, deep politician)
Richard T. McCormack.jpg
BornRichard Thomas Fox McCormack
6 March 1941
Bradford, Pennsylvania, USA
Alma materGeorgetown University, University of Fribourg
SpouseKaren Louise Hagstrom
Member ofAmerican Foreign Policy Council, Council on Foreign Relations/Members 2, Le Cercle
Deep politician a long history and connections back to Vietnam, Nixon administration, succeeded Ted Shackley as US Chair of Le Cercle."???" contains an extrinsic dash or other characters that are invalid for a date interpretation.

Employment.png Le Cercle/Chairman (USA)

In office
2001 - ???
Preceded byTheodore Shackley
Start date conjecture but was US chairman as of Jan 2002. Took over from Ted Shackley[1]

Employment.png Executive vice chairman

In office
2006 - Present
EmployerMerrill Lynch
Executive Client Coverage Group

Employment.png counselor of the Center for the Study of the Presidency

In office
Preceded byRichard McCormack
Succeeded byRichard McCormack
"Primary focus" on "geopolitics and the global economy".

Employment.png IMF/Managing Director/Special adviser

In office
2004 - July 2006
"Primary focus" on "geopolitics and the global economy".

Employment.png Senior advisor

In office
May 2004 - July 2006
EmployerCenter for Strategic and International Studies
"Primary focus" on "geopolitics and the global economy".

Employment.png Under Secretary of State for Economic,  Business,  and Agricultural Affairs

In office
April 14, 1989 - May 3, 1991
Appointed byGeorge H. W. Bush
Was the principal coordinator for the President's involvement in the G7 economic summits.

Employment.png US/Ambassador to the OAS

In office
21 June 1985 - 1989
Preceded byJ. William Middendorf

Employment.png International trade consultant

In office
2 December 1981 - 1982
EmployerUnited States Department of State
Representing the State Department at a number of functions abroad.[2]

Employment.png Legislative assistant

In office
1979 - 1981
to Senator Jesse Helms
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Employment.png Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for International Economic

In office
1974? - ?
Preceded by"strong class="error">Error: Invalid time." contains an extrinsic dash or other characters that are invalid for a date interpretation.
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Employment.png Consultant

In office
1971 - ?
Employerthe White House Council
on International Economic Policy.
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Employment.png Director of Operations Research for South Vietnam

In office
1968 - ?
Headquartered in Saigon, but traveled widely.

Employment.png Peace corps

Dates unknown
On the staff.

Richard McCormack is a US deep politician with a long history of connections to the US Deep state, including Ted Shackley.


Richard T. McCormack attended Georgetown University, receiving a B.A. in 1963. He then attended the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, receiving a Ph.D. in 1966.[3]


In 1968, he helped "coordinate the Vietnam issue for Nixon in his ’68 campaign headquarters in New York".[1]

As a consultant to the White House Office of the Special Trade Representative, he analyzed potential international commodity agreements.

In 1981, Ted Shackley supported his application to become Director of Intelligence and Research at the State Department.[1]

In 1981, he received "a White House promise that he will be given the department's second-ranking economic policy job as soon as Myer Rashish quits the top-ranking State Department slot in that field".[4]

As the U.S. Ambassador to the Organization of American States, he received the superior honor award for outstanding sustained performance .[3]

Deep political connections

In an interview for The Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training Foreign Affairs Oral History Project, he describes his approach "I never had any interest in press attention. In fact for years, I tended to avoid the press. My desire was to cultivate relationships of trust with people who actually made our decisions." He later describes his attendance at and chairmanship of Le Cercle, though he does not mention it by name.[1]

"...I am flying to Austria where I am the Chairman of the U.S. branch of an informal organization that was set up 40 years ago to provide clear communications across the Atlantic. This organization includes retired senior officials from a number of governments of NATO countries. We meet three days a year in Europe, and three days a year here in the United States to discuss global affairs."

Richard T. McCormack, interviewed on January 2, 2002

This identification of the meeting McCormack refers to is confirmed by a 2010 reference to The Atlantic Cercle found by Joël van der Reijden[5]


Events Participated in

Le Cercle/1982 (Wildbad Kreuth)11 June 198213 June 1982Germany
Hanns Seidel Foundation
Le Cercle/1983 (Bonn)30 June 19833 July 1983Germany
Le Cercle/1985 (Washington)7 January 198510 January 1985US
Washington DC
4 day meeting of Le Cercle in Washington exposed after Joel Van der Reijden discovered the attendee list for this conference and published it online in 2011
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  3. a b,com_csis_experts/task,view/id,97/
  5. Le Cercle Membership List The reference is: The Atlantic Cercle, Inc. - Incorporated by Julian Amery, Richard McCormack, Robert Zoelly, Theodore G Shackley, Thomas R Spencer, The Atlantic Cercle, Inc. is located at 801 Brickell Ave Ste 1901 Miami, FL 33131. The Atlantic Cercle, Inc. was incorporated on Wednesday, August 17, 1994 in the State of FL and is currently not active. Thomas R Spencer represents The Atlantic Cercle, Inc. as their registered agent."