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Former Chargé d’Affaires Jason Hyland Joins Fletcher as Senior Strategic Fellow

The Fletcher School recently announced the appointment of alumnus Jason P. Hyland (83) as a Senior Strategic Fellow. Hyland has had an illustrious career in the United States Foreign Service, most recently serving as the Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo.

“We are honored to welcome Jason back to Fletcher,” said Admiral James Stavridis (Ret.), Dean of The Fletcher School. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and first-hand experience to campus, having dedicated most of his professional life to the betterment of diplomacy and the United States.”

During his Foreign Service career, Hyland worked extensively on political and military issues, most recently serving as the Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo and the Deputy Chief of Mission in Japan. In these roles, Hyland oversaw American participation in the G7 Summit, former-President Barack Obama’s historic visit to Hiroshima, and the revision of U.S.-Japan Defense Guidelines.

From 2010-2013, Hyland was the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Canberra, Australia. He also served in the U.S. Consulate General in Sapporo and the U.S. Consulate in Fukuoka, both in Japan, where he was part of the first U.S. Embassy team to enter Kobe, Japan in 1995 to assist after the Great Hanshin Earthquake. Additional roles include Foreign Policy Adviser to the Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa, based in Djibouti; Provincial Reconstruction Team Leader in Mosul, Iraq; posts at the U.S. embassies in Baku, Azerbaijan and Kyiv, Ukraine; and working on U.S. diplomatic relations with the Balkans.

Hyland recently made a career switch to the private sector, where he is currently Representative Officer and President of MGM Resorts Japan. In this capacity he is responsible for managing the company’s operations while enhancing its relations with the Japanese community.

"I am thrilled to come back to Fletcher as a Senior Strategic Fellow," said Hyland. "Fletcher gave me a solid foundation to serve as a Foreign Service Officer across various assignments in the most challenging places, and now as a business executive in Tokyo. I look forward to working with my fellow classmate, Dean Stavridis, to support this great institution."

Hyland is a graduate of The Fletcher School, where he obtained a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy in 1983. He also holds a Master of Science in National Security Strategy from the National War College, and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of California, Berkeley.