Richard Norland

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Richard Boyce Norland
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United States Ambassador to Georgia
In office
September 10, 2012 – July 2015
President Barack Obama
Preceded by John Bass
Succeeded by Ian Kelly
United States Ambassador to Uzbekistan
In office
September 20, 2007 – July 24, 2010
President George W. Bush
Barack Obama
Preceded by Jon Purnell
Succeeded by George Krol
Personal details
Born 1955 (age 61–62)
Spouse(s) Mary Hartnett
Alma mater Georgetown University
Johns Hopkins University
National Defense University

Richard Boyce Norland (born 1955)[1] is an American diplomat. He was served as United States Ambassador to Georgia from 2012 to 2015, after previous postings as Ambassador in Uzbekistan and other senior postings in Central Asia and Eastern Europe.[2]


Ambassador Richard Norland is the International Affairs Advisor / Deputy Commandant at the National War College. He served as U.S. Ambassador to Uzbekistan from September 2007 to July 2010. Prior to his tour as Ambassador, he served for two years as Deputy Chief of Mission at the American Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. He was also Deputy Chief of Mission in Riga, Latvia, and served in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan as a diplomat with the U.S. Army Civil Affairs team promoting political and economic reconstruction.[3]

Ambassador Norland was Director for European Affairs at the National Security Council for two years during the Clinton and Bush administrations, focusing in particular on the Northern Ireland peace process, as well as on the Baltic States, OSCE, and a number of key European partners. He served as Political Counselor at the American Embassy in Dublin, Ireland during the negotiation of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.[4]

Ambassador Norland served from 1988-1990 as Political Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, USSR during President Gorbachev's tenure and the period of glasnost and perestroika. He was detailed to the Pentagon's Office of the Secretary of Defense, where he worked on policy issues following the break-up of the Soviet Union. He served in 1993 as the U.S. representative and acting mission head on the CSCE Mission to Georgia, addressing conflicts in South Ossetia and Abkhazia, and later visited Chechnya in a similar capacity.[5]

Earlier in his career Ambassador Norland served in the United States' northernmost diplomatic office, 250 miles north of the Arctic Circle, as Chief of the U.S. Information Office in Tromsø, Norway. He later served as Senior Arctic Official coordinating the U.S. chairmanship of the Arctic Council. He was also a Special Assistant (for African affairs) to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs. He served as Norway-Denmark desk officer, and as assistant desk officer for South Africa. His first tour was in Manama, Bahrain.[6]


The son of an American diplomat, Ambassador Norland was born in Morocco and grew up in Africa and Europe as well as the United States. Prior to joining the Foreign Service in 1980, Ambassador Norland worked as a legislative analyst in the Iowa House of Representatives. He graduated from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in 1977. He has master's degrees from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and the National War College. He speaks Russian, French and Norwegian. He and his wife, Mary Hartnett, have two children.[7]

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Jon Purnell
United States Ambassador to Uzbekistan
Succeeded by
George Krol
Preceded by
John Bass
United States Ambassador to Georgia
Succeeded by
Ian Kelly