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Jonathan S. Addleton

Jonathan S. Addleton (BSJ79) was inducted into the Medill Hall of Achievement in 2017.

Addleton served as U.S. Ambassador to Mongolia as part of a 32-year career in the Foreign Service. After graduation, he worked at the World Bank and Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He went on to earn his master's and doctorate from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

His early assignments for the U.S. Agency for International Development included serving as program officer in Yemen, Jordan and South Africa. In these positions, he worked to end poverty, promote economic growth and encourage democracy. Later he led USAID missions in Mongolia, Cambodia, Pakistan, Kazakhstan and India. He was serving as USAID Representative to the European Union in Brussels, Belgium when President Barack Obama nominated him to be ambassador to Mongolia. After that assignment, he served as the State Department's Senior Civilian Representative to southern Afghanistan, inspiring his most recent book, "The Dust of Kandahar: A Diplomat Among Warriors in Afghanistan."

Addleton also is the author of three other books.