John Marshall Evans
|John Marshall Evans|
|United States Ambassador to Armenia|
June 30, 2004 – September 10, 2006
|President||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by||John Malcolm Ordway|
|Succeeded by||Marie L. Yovanovitch|
|Alma mater||Yale University
John Marshall Evans served as United States ambassador to the Republic of Armenia. He was confirmed to this position by the U.S. Senate on June 25, 2004. Evans began his service on August 8, 2004, but, as confirmed by President George W. Bush on May 24, 2006, was terminated for undisclosed reasons.
Born in Virginia, Evans studied Russian history at Yale University, earning an undergraduate degree. He pursued doctoral studies at Columbia University but does not hold a Ph.D. He served for the US foreign service in various capacities in Iran, Czechoslovakia, the former Soviet Union, and with NATO. He studied languages and became fluent in Russian and several other foreign languages.
Dismissal from Armenian ambassadorship
Armenian sources have suggested that the sudden dismissal of Evans was due to his strong support for the cause of the recognition of the Armenian Genocide. It has been suggested that pressure from Turkey, an important U.S. ally in the Middle East, pressured the Department of State to remove Evans for his personal beliefs and statements.
After Evans's dismissal, the Armenian Assembly of America and the Armenian National Committee of America put pressure on the U.S. Senate to postpone the appointment of Richard E. Hoagland, the new nominee for the ambassadorship to Armenia, until the Bush administration clarified the reason for Evans' dismissal and on the suspicion that Hoagland does not sympathize with Armenian causes. Hoagland was nominated by President Bush during the 109th Congress, during which his nomination did not come up for a vote. The Bush Administration re-nominated Hoagland when the 110th session of the United States Congress convened, but the nomination, ultimately, was not confirmed. A new nominee, Marie Yovanovitch, came up for the post in 2008 and served till 2011. Currently John A. Heffern serves in the position as ambassador to Armenia.
- armenialiberty.org – “U.S. Envoy to Armenia Recalled,” May 24, 2006
- U.S. State Department biography – Dead link
- Armenian Assembly of America – Press Release July14, 2006: “State Department Responds to Inquiries From Congress Regarding Ambassador Evans' Premature Departure”
- Armenian National Committee of America – Press Release June 20, 2006: “Armenian American Community Looks to Senate Confirmation Hearing for Answers to Amb. Evans Firing”
- Armenian National Committee of America – Press Release March 1, 2005: “Rep. Pallone Welcomes Amb. Evans’ Remarks Recognizing the Armenian Genocide”
- Armenian Assembly of America – Press Release December 6, 2011: “U.S. Ambassador to Armenia John Heffern Meets with Armenian Assembly Chairman & Country Director”