Richard E. Hoagland

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The Honorable
Richard Eugene Hoagland
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Personal details
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Grenoble
University of Virginia
Occupation Diplomat

Richard Eugene Hoagland (born in Fort Wayne, Indiana) is a career ambassador in the United States Department of State. He is currently the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in State’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs.[1]

From January 2011 to October 2013, he was the United States Deputy Ambassador to Pakistan,[1] a title rarely used by State, but which has been used in other countries where the U.S. has a difficult diplomatic mission (notably in Embassy of the United States, Kabul as currently structured [2] and in the structure of the U.S. mission to South Vietnam in the 1960s[3]). The title Deputy Ambassador carries more political responsibility and weight than the more common title of Deputy Chief of Mission.

Before Ambassador Hoagland’s service in Pakistan, he was the U.S. Ambassador to Kazakhstan from 2009 to January 2011. He previously served as the Ambassador to Tajikistan 2003–06, and as the Chargé d'affaires to Turkmenistan July 2007-July 2008.[1]

Prior to that, Ambassador Hoagland was Director of the Office of Caucasus and Central Asian Affairs in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, Department of State, June 2001-July 2003. In that position, he wrote and negotiated four of the key bilateral documents defining the Central Asian states’ enhanced relationship with the United States. After September 11, 2001, he initiated regular U.S.-Russia consultations in response to the mandate by Presidents Bush and Putin that the two governments work together to increase their collaboration and transparency in Central Asia and the Caucasus. In July 2002, this consultative group became part of the ongoing U.S.-Russia Counterterrorism Working Group.[1]

A member of the Senior Foreign Service (Minister-Counselor), Ambassador Hoagland’s earlier assignments included Director of the Office of Public Diplomacy in the South Asia Bureau of the State Department (1999-2001) where his additional portfolio was Special Adviser to the National Security Council for public diplomacy on Afghanistan. His foreign assignments have included Russia (where he was Press Spokesman for the U.S. Embassy), Uzbekistan, and Pakistan twice—the first time (1986-1989) working with the Afghan Resistance during the Soviet-Afghan War. He also served in the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research where he was the lead analyst for Afghanistan (1989-1991). Subsequently, because of his Afghanistan expertise, he was U.S. Deputy Special Envoy for Afghanistan (1991-1992). During the course of his career, he has received multiple State Department Meritorious and Superior Honor Awards, as well as Presidential Performance Awards.[1]

Hoagland has degrees from the University of Grenoble and the University of Virginia. He was a professor at the University of Virginia and taught English in Zaire before he joined the foreign service.[1]

He was nominated for the United States ambassadorship to Armenia on May 23, 2006. His predecessor John Marshall Evans was recalled from his position in May 2006 after publicly speaking about the Armenian Genocide.[4][5] On August 1, 2006, the Armenian Assembly of America announced that Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Joe Biden together with Senator John Kerry requested a holdover on Hoagland's nomination, claiming that he hoped the Administration "will find a way to acknowledge the Armenian Genocide."[6] On September 12, 2006, New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez issued a hold on the confirmation vote for Hoagland, stating that "if the Bush Administration continues to refuse to acknowledge the atrocities of the Armenian Genocide, then there is certainly cause for great alarm, which is why I am placing a hold on this nominee." [7][8]

With the new congress in January 2007, the stalled nomination had expired, and on January 9, 2007 Richard Hoagland was renominated as ambassador to Armenia.[9] The nomination was withdrawn by the White House on August 3, 2007 [10]

A unofficial poll from end of December, start of January 2007, conducted by the Armenian National Committee of America showed that 97% of its American Armenian membership opposed Hoagland's appointment.[11]

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Preceded by
Franklin Huddle
United States Ambassador to Tajikistan
2003-2006
Succeeded by
Tracey Ann Jacobson
Preceded by
John Ordway (ambassador)
United States Ambassador to Kazakhstan
2008-2011
Succeeded by
Kenneth Fairfax