After retiring from a long career as a diplomat, in 2004 Carl Coon was elected to the AHA Board of Directors, shortly afterwards becoming vice president, a position he held for five years. Coon graduated from Harvard with an A.B. in 1949 before engaging on his diplomatic career that took him mostly to Middle East and South Asia, serving as ambassador to Nepal from 1981-1984. After retiring in 1985 he began to write based on his anthropological and evolutionary psychological views about the evolution of human society. His writings include two books: Culture Wars and the Global Village and One Planet, One People, Beyond “Us versus Them.” Coon has been an advocate of the idea that the whole world must now be viewed as “us” to cope with current global challenges.