Jonathan Addleton, 1990

Fletcher Alumnus Jonathan Addleton Jonathan Addleton was born and raised in the mountains of northern Pakistan. A career US Foreign Service Officer who retired in January 2017 with the rank of Career Minister, he 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 India, Pakistan, Cambodia, Mongolia and the Central Asian Republics; and USAID Program Officer in Jordan, Yemen and South Africa. Prior to becoming 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 After Fletcher

  • Adjunct Professor, Mercer University (Macon, GA)
  • Executive Director, American Center for Mongolian Studies (Macon, GA)
  • 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


  • The Dust of Kandahar: A Diplomat Among Warriors in Afghanistan (Naval Institute Press)
  • 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 Asian Affairs, Asian Survey, Deccan Herald, the Fletcher Forum, Foreign Service Journal, GlobalAtlanta, Herald (Karachi), Informed Comment, International Migration, Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Kansas City Star, Macon Telegraph, Mongolica, Mongol Messenger, al-Mushir, Nation (Lahore), Muslim World, Ulaanbaatar Post 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); Administrator's Distinguished Career Service Award (USAID); Presidential Rank Award (USAID); C. Herbert Reece Award (USAID); Bread Loaf Fellow (Middlebury College); Shell International Studies Fellowship (Fletcher School); Faricy Writing Prize (Northwestern Univeristy); Richter Scholarship (Northwestern University); Alumni Hall of Achievement (Northwestern University)