Jonathan Addleton, 1990

 Jonathan Addleton was born and raised in Pakistan. A career Foreign Service Officer with the rank of Career Minister, he has served as US Ambassador to Mongolia; Senior Civilian Representative for Southern Afghanistan based in Kandahar; Development Counselor at the US Mission to the European Union in Brussels; USAID Mission Director in Pakistan, Cambodia and the Central Asian Republics; and USAID Program Officer in Jordan, Yemen and South Africa. Prior to become a Foreign Service Officer in 1984, he worked briefly at the World Bank, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Macon Telegraph. He has also served on international school boards in Amman (Jordan), Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia) and Phnom Penh (Cambodia). He is married to Fiona Mary Riach and they have three adult children.


  • Undermining the Center: The Gulf Migration and Pakistan

Fields of Study

  • International Development

Education before Fletcher

  • Northwestern University, Evanston, IL (BS, 1979)
    Murree Christian School, Murree, Pakistan (High School Diploma, 1975)

Experience before Fletcher

  • US Ambassador to Mongolia (Ulaanbaatar)
    Senior Civilian Representative to Southern Afghanistan (Kandahar)
    Development Counselor, US Mission to the European Union (Brussels)
    USAID Mission Director for the Central Asian Republics (Almaty)
    USAID Mission Director to Pakistan (Islamabad)
    USAID Mission Director to Cambodia (Phnom Penh)
    USAID Mission Director to Mongolia (Ulaanbaatar)
    Acting USAID Ass't Administrator for Legislative and Public Affairs (Washington, DC)
    USAID Program Officer (Jordan, South Africa, Yemen, Pakistan)
    Research Assistant, World Bank
    Intern, Macon Telegraph
    Research Assistant, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


  • Urdu and Hindi; have also studied French, Arabic and Mongolian


  • Mongolia and the United States: A Diplomatic History (Hong Kong University Press)
  • Some Far and Distant Place (University of Georgia Press)
  • Undermining the Center: The Gulf Migration and Pakistan (Oxford University Press)
  • Also written articles for a number of academic journals and other publications including Muslim World, International Migration, Asian Affairs, Asian Survey, al-Mushir, Mongolica, Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Foreign Service Journal, Among Worlds and the Washington Post.


  • Numerous presentations at universities, think tanks and other institutions in the United States, Belgium, United Kingdom, Mongolia, Pakistan, Hong Kong and elsewhere.


Christian Herter Award for Creative Dissent (American Foreign Service Association); Polar Star (President of Mongolia); Meritorious Civilian Service Award (US Department of Army); ISAF Service Medal (NATO); Presidential Rank Award (USAID); various Superior Honor and Meritorious Honor Awards (USAID); C. Herbert Reece Award (USAID); Bread Loaf Fellow (Middlebury College); Shell International Studies Fellowship (Fletcher School); Richter Scholarship (Northwestern University)