Ambassador Jonathan Addleton currently serves as USAID Mission Director to India.
A five-time USAID Mission Director (India, Pakistan, Cambodia, Mongolia and Central Asia), he has also served as United States Ambassador to Mongolia, Senior Civilian Representative to Southern Afghanistan in Kandahar, and USAID Representative to the European Union in Brussels.
Earlier in his USAID career, he served as USAID Program Officer in Jordan, Yemen and South Africa. Prior to joining USAID in March 1984, he worked briefly at the World Bank, Macon Telegraph and Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Addleton's articles have appeared in several publications including Asian Affairs, Asian Survey, International Migration, Mongolica, Muslim World, Ambassadors Review, Washington Post and The Foreign Service Journal. He has also written three books, Undermining the Center (Oxford University Press), Some Far and Distant Place (University of Georgia Press) and Mongolia and the United States: A Diplomatic History (Hong Kong University Press).
Addleton has received a Distinguished Honor Award and two Superior Honor Awards from USAID. In addition, he received the Christian A. Herter Award for intellectual courage and constructive dissent from the American Foreign Service Association; ISAF Service Medal from NATO; Outstanding Civilian Service Medal from the United States Army; and Polar Star, Mongolia's highest civilian award, from the President of Mongolia.
Ambassador Addleton received a PhD from Tufts University and a Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University. A member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Career Minister, his Foreign Service languages include Hindi and Urdu. He is married to Fiona Addleton and has three adult children.
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