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Ambassador John D. Negroponte

John D. Negroponte

J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of International Affairs
605 M
Address: Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street NW

Areas of Expertise

U.S. foreign policy and national security policy; extensive career experience in the executive branch, the U.S. diplomatic corps, and in the intelligence community

John D. Negroponte comes to the Elliott School as the J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of International Affairs following a distinguished career in diplomacy and national security.

Ambassador Negroponte held government positions abroad and in Washington between 1960 and 1997 and again from 2001 to 2008. He previously taught at his alma mater, Yale University, where he was the Brady Johnson Distinguished Fellow in Grand Strategy and Senior Lecturer in International Affairs at the Jackson Institute.

He has been Ambassador to Honduras, Mexico, the Philippines, the United Nations, and Iraq. In Washington, he served twice on the National Security Council staff, first as Director for Vietnam in the Nixon Administration and then as Deputy National Security Advisor under President Reagan. He has also held a cabinet level position as the first Director of National Intelligence under President George W. Bush. His most recent position in government was as Deputy Secretary of State, where he served as the State Department’s Chief Operating Officer.

Ambassador Negroponte is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He also serves on the Secretary of State’s Foreign Affairs Board.

Ambassador Negroponte has received numerous awards in recognition of his more than four decades of public service, including the State Department’s Distinguished Service Medal on two separate occasions, the highest award which can be conferred by the Secretary of State, and on January 16, 2009, President Bush awarded Ambassador Negroponte the National Security Medal for his outstanding contributions to U.S. national security.


B.A., Yale University

Classes Taught

IAFF 6118 Contemporary Issues in U.S. Diplomacy (Fall 2016)
IAFF 3190 Contemporary Issues in U.S. Diplomacy (Spring 2017)