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Richard Armitage

Richard Armitage

United States Ambassador

Class of 1967
  • United States Ambassador to Europe



Mr. Richard L. Armitage, the President of Armitage Associates L.C., is engaged in a range of worldwide business and public policy endeavors as well as frequent public speaking and writing. From March 1992 to May 1993, with the personal rank of Ambassador, Mr. Armitage directed U.S. assistance to the new independent states (NIS) of the former Soviet Union. In January 1992, Mr. Armitage was appointed Coordinator for Emergency Humanitarian Assistance. During his tenure in these positions, he completed extensive international coordination projects with the European Union, Japan and other donor countries. From 1989 through 1992, Mr. Armitage filled key diplomatic positions as Presidential Special Negotiator for the Philippines Military Bases Agreement and Special Mediator for Water in the Middle East. President Bush sent him as a Special Emissary to Jordan's King Hussein during the 1991 Gulf War. In the Pentagon from June 1983 to May 1989, he served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs. From 1981 until June 1983, Mr. Armitage was Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia and Pacific Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. In 1967, Mr. Armitage graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy. He has been awarded the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service four times, the Presidential Citizens Medal, and the Department of State Distinguished Honor Award.

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