Joseph W. Twinam

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Joseph W. Twinam
United States Ambassador to Bahrain
In office
President Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford
Preceded by William A. Stoltzfus, Jr.
Succeeded by Wat Cluverius
Personal details
Born Chattanooga, Tennessee
Died June 12, 2001(2001-06-12) (aged 66)
Charleston, South Carolina
Spouse(s) Janet Ashby[1]

Joseph Wright Twinam (11 July 1934 – 12 June 2001) was a United States diplomat with a focus on the Middle East. Ambassador Twinam was the first U.S. ambassador accredited solely to Bahrain, serving from 1974 to 1976. He served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern & South Asian Affairs, from 1979 to 1982. He then served three years as dean of the Foreign Service Institute & as diplomat-in-residence at the University of Virginia (UVA), finally retiring from the State Department in 1985. He subsequently was a distinguished visiting professor at the Citadel for eight years, and an adjunct professor at Southern Methodist University from 1998 to 1999. He died in Charleston, South Carolina from injuries sustained in a fall.[2] A member of Phi Beta Kappa, it was revealed on his death that Twinam was also a member of the Seven Society at UVA.


  • Twinam, Joseph W. (1992). The Gulf, Cooperation, and the Council : an American Perspective. Washington, D.C.: Middle East Policy Council. ISBN 0943182077. [3]


  1. ^ "USGenWeb Obituary". Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Political Graveyard". Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Johns Hopkins University Libraries search". Retrieved 11 September 2012. 

Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
William A. Stoltzfus, Jr.
United States Ambassador to Bahrain
Succeeded by
Wat Tyler Cluverius IV