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Jonathan S. Addleton


Jonathan S. Addleton is Adjunct Professor in the Department of International and Global Studies at Mercer University in Macon, GA. He also serves as part-time Executive Director of the American Center for Mongolian Studies.

Prior to retiring from the Foreign Service in January 2017, he served as United States Ambassador to Mongolia; USAID Representative to the European Union in Brussels; Senior Civilian Representative to Southern Afghanistan in Kandahar; and USAID Mission Director in India, Pakistan, Cambodia, Mongolia and Central Asia. Earlier in his career he held USAID Program Officer positions in Jordan, Yemen and South Africa. Prior to joining USAID in March 1984, he worked briefly at the World Bank, Department of State, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Macon Telegraph.

During his 33-year Foreign Service career, Addleton focused heavily on South Asia, Central Asia and the Middle East. As Program Officer, he prepared country strategies, evaluated programs, negotiated project agreements and coordinated closely with other donors as well as host country counterparts. As a five-time USAID Mission Director, he managed and led some of USAID’s largest and most complex programs. As a former Ambassador to Mongolia, USAID Representative to the European Union and Senior Civilian Representative in southern Afghanistan, he engaged in the full range of “three D’s” that shape United States foreign policy — diplomacy, defense and development.

Addleton has a PhD and Masters of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Boston, MA and a BS from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. Born and raised in the mountains of northern Pakistan, he has served on school boards in Mongolia, Jordan and Cambodia.

Addleton’s books include Undermining the Center: The Gulf Migration and Pakistan (Oxford University Press); Some Far and Distant Place (University of Georgia Press); Mongolia and the United States: A Diplomatic History (University of Hong Kong Press); and The Dust of Kandahar: A Diplomat Among Warriors in Afghanistan (Naval Institute Press). He has also written for a variety of publications including Asian Affairs, Asian Survey, Fletcher Forum, International Migration, Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Mongolica, al-Mushir, Muslim World and The Washington Post.

His awards include the Administrator’s Distinguished Career Service Award from USAID; ISAF Service Medal from NATO; Oustanding Civilian Service Medal from the United States Army; Christian A. Herter Award for intellectual courage and constructive dissent from the American Foreign Service Association; and the Polar Star, Mongolia’s highest civilian award, from the President of Mongolia.