Manlio Brosio

Italian politician, lawyer, and diplomat; NATO Secretary General (1897-1980)

Manlio Giovanni Brosio (July 10, 1897 – March 14, 1980) was an Italian lawyer, diplomat, politician and the fourth Secretary General of NATO between 1964 and 1971.

Manlio Giovanni Brosio
4th Secretary General of NATO
In office
1 August 1964 – 1 October 1971
Preceded byDirk Stikker
Succeeded byJoseph Luns
Personal details
Born(1897-07-10)July 10, 1897
Turin, Italy
DiedMarch 14, 1980(1980-03-14) (aged 82)
Turin, Italy
Political partyItalian Liberal Party

In January 1947, Brosio became the Italian ambassador to Soviet Union and got involved with the peace treaty negotiations between the countries. In 1952 he became ambassador to the UK, to the USA in 1955 and from 1961–1964 to France.

On May 12, 1964 the NATO council chose Brosio to replae Dirk Stikker as a secretary general. He resigned September 3, 1971. On September 29, 1971, U.S. President Richard Nixon awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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