Trump names Wheaton alum for diplomatic post

By Micah McIntyre

04.18.19

Morse H. Tan, who received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Wheaton, nominated for State Department post.

On April 5, the White House announced that President Trump nominated Wheaton College alumnus Morse H. Tan to be the next ambassador at large for global criminal justice.

The role of the Office of Global Criminal Justice is to advise the Secretary of State “on issues related to war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. According to the State Department’s website, the office also crafts policy solutions to mass atrocities around the world.

Before practicing law, Tan received his undergraduate degree from Wheaton in 1997 and his master’s degree the following year. While here at Wheaton, he played tennis and wrote for the Record. Following his graduation, he attended the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law and specialized in international law.

In addition to being an expert in international law, Tan is considered an expert on North Korea and consistently gives lectures about the subject. In the past he has advised ambassadors and state department officials and his work has been used by the US Assistant Secretary of State and the United Nations Commission of Inquiry. Tan’s faculty page, on Northern Illinois University (NIU) College of Law’s website, says that he is fluent in Korean and Spanish, and speaks some Chinese. Tan is currently a professor of law at NIU.

The Record contacted Tan for a quote. He refrained, saying that until his confirmation hearing, he has been advised by the White House to refrain from talking to the media.

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