James P. DeHart

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James P. DeHart
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United States Ambassador to Norway
In office
January 12, 2017 – February 8, 2018
President Barack Obama
Donald Trump
Preceded by Samuel D. Heins (Acting)
Succeeded by Kenneth Braithwaite
Personal details
Alma mater George Washington University
Elliott School of International Affairs

James Patrick DeHart[1] is chargé d'affaires at the Embassy of the United States, Oslo and acting United States Ambassador to Norway.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

He grew up in a Foreign Service family in Australia, Hong Kong, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Washington, D.C. and eventually Central Oregon. He holds a B.A. from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington and a Masters in International Affairs from Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. He is married to Lisa DeHart, a teacher, and has two daughters.

Mr. DeHart was a Rusk Fellow at Georgetown University where he taught a graduate-level course on NATO enlargement and wrote for publication.


DeHart is a career member of the United States Foreign Service with the rank of Counselor.

Mr. DeHart was Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL). He oversaw INL programs in Afghanistan and Pakistan, as well as INL’s Office of Crime Programs addressing threats such as corruption, money laundering, transnational organized crime, and wildlife trafficking.

From 2013-2014, he served as Director of the Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Programs in INL. From 2010-2013, he was Director of the Office of Afghanistan Affairs reporting to the Department’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (SRAP). From 2009-2010, he served in Panjshir, Afghanistan as Director of the only civilian-led U.S. Provincial Reconstruction Team in the country.[3]

He served as Director for Central Asia on the National Security Council Staff at the White House and as Deputy Director for Caucasus and Central Asian Affairs at the United States Department of State. He worked for two Under Secretaries of State as Special Assistant for Europe and Eurasia and served at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium; in Melbourne, Australia; and in Istanbul, Turkey. He also served as desk officer for Greece and in the State Department Operations Center.

He assumed duties as Chargé d’Affaires ad interim on January 12, 2017 at the Embassy of the United States, Oslo. He began his assignment to Norway in August, 2015.


  1. ^ "PN72-1 — Foreign Service". U.S. Congress. March 27, 2015. Retrieved 2017-09-25. 
  2. ^ "Chargé d'Affaires James P. DeHart". U.S. Embassy in Norway. Retrieved June 1, 2017. 
  3. ^ DeHart, James P. (June 13, 2008). "Suited for the New Diplomacy?". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 1, 2017. 

External links[edit]

Media related to James P. DeHart at Wikimedia Commons

Diplomatic posts United States Ambassador to Norway

Succeeded by
Kenneth Braithwaite