Amb. Anthony C.E. Quainton
Co-Director, Center for North American Studies
Distinguished Diplomat in Residence
Ambassador Anthony Quainton has been Diplomat in Residence at American University since the fall of 2003. Before joining the SIS faculty in the U. S. Foreign Policy Division, Ambassador Quainton was the President and CEO of the National Policy Association. In 1997-98 he was Executive Director of the Una Chapman Cox Foundation. From 1959 until 1997 he was a member of the United States Foreign Service. His early postings included Sydney, Karachi, Rawalpindi, New Delhi, Paris and Kathmandu. In 1976 he was named Ambassador to the Central African Republic. His subsequent postings included Ambassadorships in Nicaragua (1982-84), Kuwait (1984-87) and Peru (1989-92). In Washington he served as Coordinator for Counter Terrorism (1978-82), Deputy Inspector General( 1987-89), Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security (1992-95) and Director General of the Foreign Service.(1995-97) Since leaving government he has served on the International Policy Committee of the Catholic Bishops Conference, as Chairman of the Board of the Washington Theological Consortium, as Vice-Chairman of the Public Diplomacy Council and as President of the Lions Foundation of Washington, DC. He is a Trustee of La Roche College.
Ambassador Quainton has been the recipient of numerous government awards including the Department of State's Distinguished Honor Award and two Presidential Meritorious Service Awards. He was also the recipient of the American Foreign Service Association's William R. Rivkin and Christian A. Herter awards given to mid level and senior Foreign Service Officers for "outstanding intellectual originality, courage, forthrightness and constructive dissent." Ambassador Quainton is a former Marshall Scholar at Christ Church, Oxford, a student at Nuffield College and a Research Fellow at St. Antony's College. Before attending University he was an English Speaking Union Schoolboy Fellow at the Sherborne School in England.
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