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Lincoln P. Bloomfield, 93; MIT professor helped create tools for international conflict containment

Dr. Bloomfield lectured in 35 countries and taught the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for 30 years.
Dr. Bloomfield lectured in 35 countries and taught the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for 30 years.courtesy of the Bloomfield family

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Lincoln P. Bloomfield taught political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for 30 years, served five US secretaries of state, held an administrative State Department position in the early years of the United Nations, and was director of global issues on the National Security Council staff in President Jimmy Carter’s administration. His own research helped lead to the creation of CASCON, a historical database of dozens of post-World War II conflicts that assists diplomatic staffs, domestic and foreign, as they analyze and try to defuse emerging conflicts that could develop into war.

“He was always looking to perfect the mechanisms of de-escalation,” said his son, Lincoln Bloomfield Jr.

Dr. Bloomfield, who lived in Cohasset more than 56 years, died Oct. 30. He was 93.

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