Richard Miles (diplomat)
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|Chargé d'affaires in Kyrgyzstan|
February 13, 2015 – October 14, 2015
|Preceded by||Pamela Spratlen|
|Succeeded by||Sheila Gwaltney|
|Chargé d'affaires in Turkmenistan|
|President||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Richard E. Hoagland|
|Succeeded by||Sylvia Reed Curran|
|United States Ambassador to Georgia|
May 13, 2002 – August 12, 2005
|President||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Kenneth Yalowitz|
|Succeeded by||John Tefft|
|United States Ambassador to Bulgaria|
September 8, 1999 – February 28, 2002
George W. Bush
|Preceded by||Avis Bohlen|
|Succeeded by||James Pardew|
|United States Ambassador to Azerbaijan|
September 16, 1992 – November 15, 1993
|President||George H. W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Robert Finn|
|Succeeded by||Richard Kauzlarich|
|Born||1937 (age 81–82)|
Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.
|Alma mater||Bakersfield 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
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.
www.adst.org (oral history memoirs)
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