James Cason

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James Cason
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Mayor of Coral Gables
Assumed office
January 20, 2011
Preceded by Don Slesnick
United States Ambassador to Paraguay
In office
February 1, 2006 – August 2, 2008
President George W. Bush
Preceded by John F. Keane
Succeeded by Liliana Ayalde
Chairman of the U.S. Interests Section in Cuba
In office
September 2002 – September 2005
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Vicki J. Huddleston
Succeeded by Michael E. Parmly
Personal details
Born (1944-11-14) November 14, 1944 (age 73)
Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
Spouse(s) Carmen Cason
Profession U.S. Foreign Service officer

James C. Cason (born November 14, 1944) is a retired U.S. Foreign Service officer, most recently serving as Ambassador to Paraguay, a post he held from 2006 to 2008. Prior to that post, he was the Principal Officer of the US Interests Section in Havana (2002–2005). On January 20, 2011, he became the new mayor of Coral Gables, Florida.


Cason graduated from Dartmouth College in 1966 and has an M.A. from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University (JHU).


Prior to assuming his post as United States Ambassador to Paraguay, he served as the chief of the United States Interests Section in Havana, Cuba, from September 10, 2002 to September 10, 2005. He was succeeded by Michael E. Parmly. Cuban media broadcast a series of satirical animations poking fun at Cason known as Cabo Cason.

Cason also served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and Kingston, Jamaica. Previously he served as Political Advisor to the Commander of the U.S. Atlantic Command (USACOM) and to NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic (SACLANT). Cason also served at U.S. missions in Milan, Italy; Lisbon, Portugal; San Salvador, El Salvador; Panama City, Panama; Maracaibo, Venezuela; Montevideo, Uruguay; and La Paz, Bolivia.

Cuban dissidents[edit]

A group of 735 Cuban dissidents (some connected with the Varela Project) were arrested by the Cuban government and accused of accepting gifts (including cash as well as office machines and office space) from Cason and the US Interests Section. Their arrests coincided with the onset of the 2003 invasion of Iraq in March 2003. An exhibit (billboard) was erected by the United States Interests Section in Havana on September 8, 2005, in protest of the incarcerations.[1] A number of the dissidents were subsequently released, but most of the individuals remain imprisoned.

Guarani music[edit]

While posted in Paraguay, Cason learned the Guaraní language, a language spoken by 94% of the people of that country and in 2008, recorded an album, "Campo Jurado" ("The Field of Promises"), in which he sings folk songs in Guaraní.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ CUBA SOCIALISTA. "THE "DIPLOMACY" OF JAMES CASON Manual for manufacturing dissidents". Archived from the original on January 8, 2004. Retrieved 2003–09.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ A U.S. Ambassador's Parting Gift To Paraguay
  • The Miami Herald,Former Diplomat, Local Attorney Latest Candidates in Mayor's Race by Tania Valdemoro; September 4, 2010; Page 3B.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
John F. Keane
United States Ambassador to Paraguay
Succeeded by
Liliana Ayalde