Richard Miles (diplomat)

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Richard Miles
Richard Miles.jpg
Chargé d'affaires in Kyrgyzstan
In office
February 13, 2015 – October 14, 2015
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byPamela Spratlen
Succeeded bySheila Gwaltney
Chargé d'affaires in Turkmenistan
In office
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Barack Obama
Preceded byRichard E. Hoagland
Succeeded bySylvia Reed Curran
United States Ambassador to Georgia
In office
May 13, 2002 – August 12, 2005
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byKenneth Yalowitz
Succeeded byJohn Tefft
United States Ambassador to Bulgaria
In office
September 8, 1999 – February 28, 2002
PresidentBill Clinton
George W. Bush
Preceded byAvis Bohlen
Succeeded byJames Pardew
United States Ambassador to Azerbaijan
In office
September 16, 1992 – November 15, 1993
PresidentGeorge H. W. Bush
Bill Clinton
Preceded byRobert Finn
Succeeded byRichard Kauzlarich
Personal details
Born1937 (age 81–82)
Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.
Alma materBakersfield College
University of California, Berkeley
Indiana University, Bloomington

Richard Monroe Miles (born 1937) is an American diplomat.


Richard Miles was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. He grew up in rural and small-town Indiana. After serving in the Marine Corps from 1954 to 1957, he obtained degrees from Bakersfield College, the University of California at Berkeley and Indiana University. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Russian Institute, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

He worked for the South Carolina Voter Education Project from 1964 to 1967 in the field of voter registration and political leadership training.

Foreign service career[edit]

He entered the Foreign Service in 1967 and served abroad in Oslo, Belgrade, Moscow, and as Consul General in Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg), and as Principal Officer of the U.S. Embassy Office in Berlin.

"Dick" Miles served as Ambassador to Azerbaijan from 1992 to 1993, as Chief of Mission to Serbia-Montenegro from 1996 to 1999, as Ambassador to Bulgaria from 1999 to 2002 and as Ambassador to Georgia from 2002 to 2005.

In the State Department, he also worked in the Office for Soviet Affairs and the Office for East European and Yugoslav Affairs and in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs.

Ambassador Miles worked for Senator Ernest F. Hollings (D-SC) on an American Political Science Fellowship in 1983-1984, and in 1987-1988 he was a fellow at Harvard University's Center for International Affairs.

He retired from the State Department in August, 2005. From April, 2006 until December, 2006, he served as Executive Director of the Open World Leadership Center headquartered in the Library of Congress. In November, 2008, Ambassador Miles was recalled to active duty to serve as Charge of the American Embassy in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. He returned to Washington, DC and retirement in September, 2009. In February, 2015, he was asked to go to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan to serve as Charge of the American Embassy there. He returned to Washington and retirement in September, 2015.

Ambassador Miles has been awarded the State Department's Meritorious Honor Award and Group Superior Honor Award (twice). In 1992 he was awarded a Presidential Meritorious Service Award and a national award for reporting. In 2004 he was the recipient of the State Department's Robert C. Frasure Award for peaceful conflict resolution.

Ambassador Miles married the former Sharon Alice O'Brien in 1960. The couple have two children: Richard Lee Miles is a Police Officer in Richmond, Virginia. Elizabeth Anne Miles-Masci is a freelance editor and lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

References[edit] (oral history memoirs)

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Robert Finn
United States Ambassador to Azerbaijan
Succeeded by
Richard Kauzlarich
Preceded by
Avis Bohlen
United States Ambassador to Bulgaria
Succeeded by
James Pardew
Preceded by
Kenneth Yalowitz
United States Ambassador to Georgia
Succeeded by
John Tefft
Preceded by
Pamela Spratlen
United States Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan

Succeeded by
Sheila Gwaltney