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Christopher James Makins, 2nd Baron Sherfield (23 July 1942 – 28 January 2006) was an Anglo-American diplomat, foreign policy expert, and author.

Christopher James Makins was born at Southampton, New York on 23 July 1942, the son of a British father Roger Mellor Makins, later 1st Baron Sherfield and an American mother, Alice Brooks Davis, daughter of the American sportsman and politician Dwight F. Davis. Thus he held dual citizenship of both the UK and the USA. In the United Kingdom he was known as "Lord Sherfield" and in the United States he was known as "Mr. Makins".

He was educated at St Ronan's School, Winchester College and New College, Oxford. After taking a first-class degree in Modern History in 1963, he was elected a Fellow of All Souls (1963-77).

From 1964 until 1975 he served in HM Diplomatic Service. In 1975 he married American photographer, writer, and illustrator Wendy Catherine Cortesi, elder daughter of John Sargent Whitney of Evergreen, Colorado. The family lived in Washington, D.C., where he worked for the Trilateral Commission (Deputy Director 1975-76), the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and the Aspen Institute (Executive Vice President 1989-97) before becoming President of the Atlantic Council of the United States (1999-2005). He was a Senior Adviser to the German Marshall Fund (1997-99 and 2005-06) and President of the Marshall Sherfield Foundation, which he had established in memory of his father.

He wrote or contributed to numerous articles and reports over the course of his career, including The Study of Europe in the United States: A report to the German Marshall Fund of the United States and the Delegation of the European Commission to the United States (1998).

He was also an art collector and active on the boards of arts organizations such as the Phillips Collection and the Washington Concert Opera.



He died from cancer on 28 January 2006, aged 63 at his home in Georgetown, Washington, D.C.


In 2005, the Atlantic Council of the United States established the Christopher J. Makins Lecture Series, which focuses on "the state of the strategic Atlantic partnership, its future direction and the prospects for the furtherance of common European and U.S. interests in order to facilitate strong and lasting global leadership". [1] The inaugural lecture was delivered on 31 May 2006 by The Hon. Zbigniew Brzezinski. The speaker in 2007 was former President of Latvia, Dr. Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga.


  1. ^ The Christopher J. Makins Lecture Series website




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