L. Craig Johnstone

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L. Craig Johnstone
L. Craig Johnstone - State Magazine 1996-08- Iss 399 (IA sim state-magazine 1996-08 399) (page 6 crop).jpg
United States Ambassador to Algeria
In office
September 9, 1985 – July 10, 1988
PresidentRonald Reagan
Preceded byMichael H. Newlin
Succeeded byChristopher W.S. Ross
Personal details
Born (1942-09-01) September 1, 1942 (age 79)
Seattle, Washington
Political partyDemocrat
Spouse(s)Silke Johnstone l[1]
ProfessionDiplomat, Ambassador

L. Craig Johnstone (born September 1, 1942 in Seattle, Washington) is an American diplomat and former UN Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees.


Johnstone earned his bachelor's degree in 1964 from the University of Maryland, and completed his graduate studies at Harvard University in 1971.[1]


Johnstone served in Vietnam from 1965 to 1970. A Vietnamese linguist by training, he worked first with the U.S. Agency for International Development, and then with the U.S. State Department.[1] Upon returning to the United States, he became a Fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations, and then with the Institute of Politics at Harvard University. He went back to Vietnam in 1975 on a rescue mission for Vietnamese citizens who had assisted the United States, and then continued his refugee work as part of a team assisting in the resettlement of Vietnamese refugees. He then worked on the Egypt-Israel negotiations for the return of the Sinai to Egypt..[2]

Johnstone was posted to the U.S. Embassy in Canada, Jamaica, and Paris as the U.S. Vietnam negotiator. He was a State Department coordinator with the UN General Assembly, and also served as deputy assistant secretary of state for Latin America.[2] From 1985 to 1988, he was United States Ambassador to Algeria.[1][3]

He worked for Cabot Corporation in Brussels between 1989 and 1994, and then returned to government to serve as director for resources, plans and policy in the Office of the Secretary of State from 1994 to 1999. He was then a senior vice president for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and later left to become the European vice president and general manager for Boeing. In 2007, Johnstone was named UN Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees.[2]

Johnstone is a member of the American Academy of Diplomacy, and a board member of Refugees International, and Vital Voices Global Partnership.


  1. ^ a b c d "Nomination of L. Craig Johnstone To Be United States Ambassador to Algeria". The American Presidency Project. 17 May 1985. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "L. Craig Johnstone appointed UN Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees". 19 Apr 2007. Reuters. Archived from the original on May 13, 2007. Retrieved 25 January 2013.
  3. ^ "L. Craig Johnstone (1942-)". U.S. Department of State, Office of the Historian. Retrieved 17 July 2013.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by United States Ambassador to Algeria
Succeeded by