Ambassador John Negroponte

Receives Distinguished Service Award from

American Committees on Foreign Relations

Washington, D.C., April 25, 2014

Negroponte Award
From Left to Right: ACFR Board of Advisors Chair, Ambassador John Maisto; ACFR Executive Director, Philip French; Ambassador John Negroponte; ACFR President, Richard Slaughter.

The American Committees on Foreign Relations bestowed its Distinguished Service Award for the Advancement of Public Discourse on Foreign Policy on Ambassador John D. Negroponte during its Annual Conference April 25.

ACFR created the Award in 2005 to honor distinguished foreign policy figures whose work has advanced Americans’ understanding of and appreciation for the importance of foreign affairs. Previous recipients include former Pakistani ambassador to the U.S. Husain Haqqani, former U.S. ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker, Council on Foreign Relations president Richard Haass, former National Security Advisor General Jim Jones, and Jim Lehrer of the PBS program Newshour.

Ambassador Negroponte has had a distinguished career in diplomacy and national security, holding government positions abroad and in Washington between 1960 and 1997, and again from 2001 to 2008. He served as ambassador to Honduras, Mexico, the Philippines, the United Nations, and Iraq. In Washington he served twice on the National Security Council staff, first as director for Vietnam in the Nixon Administration and then as deputy national security advisor under President Reagan. He has also held a cabinet level position as the first director of national intelligence under President George W. Bush.

His most recent position in government was as deputy secretary of state, where he served as the State Department’s chief operating officer. In 2009 Ambassador Negroponte began a part-time position at his alma mater, Yale University, as a distinguished senior research fellow in grand strategy and as a lecturer in international affairs. Ambassador Negroponte serves as Chairman of the Council of the Americas/Americas Society. He is also Co-Chairman of the U.S.-Philippines Society, a member of Secretary of State Kerry's Foreign Affairs Policy Board, and Chairman of The Intelligence and National Security Alliance.

Ambassador Negroponte has received the State Department’s Distinguished Service Medal on two separate occasions, the highest award that can be conferred by the secretary of state, and on January 16, 2009, President Bush awarded Ambassador Negroponte the National Security Medal for his outstanding contributions to U.S. national security. His is currently Vice Chairman at McLarty Associates, an international strategic advisory firm.

Information on the 2014 conference program and speaker bios can be found at 2014 ACFR Conference.


2013 ACFR Study Trip: Cuba in Transition


In April 2013 the American Committees on Foreign Relations sponsored a study trip to Cuba as part of an educational exchange that allowed participants to interact with local Cubans from all walks of life—architectural restorers, priests, government officials, editors, economists and diplomats. The U.S. government still restricts travel to Cuba in general, but new rules implemented by the Obama Administration allow Cuban Americans to travel freely and allow all Americans to obtain a license to visit Cuba for educational, religious or other purposes involving "people-to-people" activities.

Visiting Cuba is like taking a journey in a time machine. The streets are filled with 1950s-era cars. The buildings are vintage art deco (albeit often with crumbling facades). Sounds of Caribbean and African rhythms, often produced by elderly musicians, fill the air. Cuba, however, far from stuck in a time warp, is in fact a country undergoing rapid change. Every day, buildings are restored, new automobiles hit the roads, and new tourist facilities are rising up everywhere, reflecting the political developments happening every day.

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