“Amb. Hughes brings extraordinary experience from a multiplicity of high-level policymaking positions from several government agencies: the Office of the Vice President, the National Security Council, and the Departments of State and Commerce,” commented IWP president John Lenczowski. “From this experience, he is able to integrate the role of diplomacy into a whole of government approach to national strategy. He will be a tremendous asset to the IWP community.”
Of his course, Amb. Hughes, says: “Lately it seems like every day’s headlines remind us of the importance of effective diplomacy for United States national security, with historic and promising opportunities juxtaposed against embarrassing mistakes and failures. I’m excited to join IWP’s unique faculty to help educate the next generation of national security professionals on advancing U.S. interests in the world through effective diplomacy.”
Amb. Hughes served as the United States Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean from November 1990 until July 1993. Prior to this ambassadorial appointment, he served as Executive Secretary of the National Security Council during 1989 and 1990.
His previous Executive Branch public service included assignments as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Enforcement (1988-1989), Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Politico-Military Affairs (1986-1988), Director for Latin American Affairs on the National Security Council staff (1985-1986), Deputy Assistant to the Vice President for National Security Affairs (1981-1985), and Assistant Director for Intelligence Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (1979-1981). Ambassador Hughes was a Research Fellow in Defense Studies at the Brookings Institution, Washington, DC in 1978-1979 and began his career as an Assistant Analyst in the National Security and International Affairs Division of the Congressional Budget Office (1975-1977). Ambassador Hughes is currently Senior Director of the White House Writers Group in Washington, DC. He serves, among other roles, as Senior Vice President and Secretary of the Council of American Ambassadors and as a Board member and Treasurer of the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training.
He holds a B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Dayton (1972), an M.A. in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University (1974 and 1975), and an M.P.A. degree from the JFK School of Government, Harvard University (1978). He has attended courses at the London School of Economics (1973) and the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna (1974).
Ambassador Hughes was awarded the Secretary of Defense’s Medal for Distinguished Public Service in 1985. He is married to Victoria A. Knipper Hughes.