Eric G. John

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Eric G. John
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United States Ambassador to Thailand
In office
October 22, 2007 – December 4, 2010
President George W. Bush
Barack Obama
Preceded by Ralph L. Boyce
Succeeded by Kristie Kenney
Personal details
Born c. 1960 (age 54)
Indiana, United States
Spouse(s) Sophia John
Children 2

Eric G. John is the current Senior Advisor for Security Negotiations and Agreements and the former U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand, having been appointed October 22, 2007.[1] Ambassador John joined the Foreign Service in 1983 and has served primarily in East Asia. He has three tours in Korea, most recently as the Minister Counselor for Political Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul. He also served as the Deputy Director of Korean Affairs in Washington, D.C. His other tours include Deputy Principal Officer of the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; the Orderly Departure Program at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand; and the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. In 2005, Ambassador John was named Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Southeast Asia. He currently serves as the Foreign Policy Advisor to the Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force.[2]

The ambassador grew up in New Castle, Ind. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Foreign Service from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a graduate degree in National Security Studies from the National War College. He speaks Korean and Vietnamese. The ambassador is married and has had a son and daughter. On August 27, 2010, his daughter Nicole fell to her death in NYC from a window ledge. She was aged 17.[3]

Education[edit]

Ambassador John earned a B.S. in Foreign Service from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, and a master's degree in National Security Studies from the National War College.[1]

Languages[edit]

Ambassador John learned Portuguese language in Brazil as a high school exchange student with AFS Intercultural Programs.[citation needed] He can speak Korean, Vietnamese and Thai language.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Eric G. John". U.S. State Department. Retrieved August 27, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Eric G. John". U.S. Air Force. Retrieved April 9, 2012. 
  3. ^ [1]

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Ralph L. Boyce
United States Ambassador to Thailand
2007 - 2010
Succeeded by
Kristie Kenney