John Hughes (British diplomat)

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Dr Edgar John Hughes CBE (born 27 July 1947) is a British retired diplomat, the former British Ambassador to Argentina.[1]


Born in South Wales, Hughes was educated at Lewis School, Pengam, and the London School of Economics. He went on to receive his master's degree from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania and his PhD from Pembroke College, Cambridge, in 1974 with a dissertation entitled Anglo-American relations and the formation of the United Nations organisation.[2]

Hughes joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1973, and specialised primarily in American affairs, serving in Santiago, Chile; in Washington, D.C., in the United States; and in Oslo, Norway.

In 2000 Hughes was appointed HM Ambassador to Venezuela, where he served until 2003. He was then appointed HM Ambassador to Argentina in 2004, and in 2005 as concurrent non-resident HM Ambassador to Paraguay.

Hughes was appointed CBE in the 2017 New Year Honours.[3]


  1. ^ "Our Ambassador". British Embassy in Argentina. Archived from the original on 12 September 2008.
  2. ^ Ryan, Henry B. (2004). The Vision of Anglo-America: The US-UK Alliance and the Emerging Cold War, 1943–1946. Cambridge University Press. p. 212.
  3. ^ "No. 61803". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 2016. p. N25.
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Richard Wilkinson
British Ambassador to Venezuela
Succeeded by
Donald Lamont
Preceded by
Sir Robin Christopher
British Ambassador to Argentina
Succeeded by
Shan Morgan
Preceded by
Anthony Cantor
British Ambassador to Paraguay