Richard E. Hoagland
Richard Eugene Hoagland
|Alma mater||University of Grenoble
University of Virginia
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.
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.
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.
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. 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." 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." 
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. The nomination was withdrawn by the White House on August 3, 2007 
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.
- state department bio of Hoagland
- Armenian Assembly of America, May 24, 2006: "President Bush Nominates Richard Hoagland as U.S. Ambassador to Armenia"
- The Boston Globe, August 30, 2006: “Armenians Try to Stall Appointment of U.S. Envoy”
- Armenian Assembly of America, August 1, 2006: "
- Armenian National Committee of America, September 12, 2006: “ANCA Welcomes Menendez ‘Hold’ on Hoagland Nomination”
- Radio Free Europe, September 13, 2006: “Genocide Issue Blocks Naming Of U.S. Ambassador To Armenia”
- Yerkir, January 10, 2007: White House Repeatedly Offered Hoagland’s Candidacy as US Ambassador to Armenia
- The White House August 03, 2007: "Nominations and Withdrawal Sent to the Senate"
- Armenian National Committee of America, January 8, 2007: Ninety-Seven Percent of Armenian Americans Oppose Hoagland Nomination
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