James Howard Holmes

James Howard Holmes

James Howard Holmes

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James Howard Holmes was born April 1, 1943, the second son of the Rev. Robert Usher and Bertha Jeannette Cook Holmes. He is a 1965 graduate of Colgate University, as well as, a graduate of Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and the National War College. He joined the Foreign Service in 1967 and has served overseas in Pakistan, New Zealand, Norway, and Latvia. He is married and has two daughters and five grandchildren.

Foreign Service Career

1984-1988 Director of the Office of Strategic Nuclear Policy in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs

1988-1992 Deputy Director of the Department of State's Policy Planning Staff with responsibilities for European policy

1992-1995 Deputy Chief of Mission in the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey

1995-1998 President's Coordinator for Assistance to Central and Eastern Europe responsible for assistance programs to fourteen Central European states, including start-up of the economic and reconstruction programs in Bosnia and Croatia

1998-2001 U.S. Ambassador to Latvia

2002-present Special Advisor for Southeast Europe in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs at the Department of State

He has been president of the American-Turkish Council since 2004.

External links


  • Lillian Dillenbeck Tallman, editor. The Dallenbachs in America, 1935-1979. Mohawk Valley Printing Company, Herkimer, New York, 1979. pp. 36, 46.

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