Ambassador Eric G. John, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, became Senior Advisor for Security Negotiations and Agreements in the Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs in June 2013. In that role, he serves as the principal coordinator of U.S. Government policy on an array of international security agreements. As part of his responsibilities, he negotiates status of forces and access agreements for the deployment of United States forces abroad, as well as burden-sharing, military transit and overflight, and related agreements with U.S. allies and partners.
Ambassador John previously served as the Foreign Policy Advisor to the Chief of Staff of the Air Force from 2011 until June 2013. He was the U.S. Ambassador to Thailand from 2007 through 2010. From 2005 to 2007, he served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Southeast Asia. Ambassador John joined the Foreign Service in 1983 and has worked extensively in East Asia. He has three tours in Korea, including as the Minister Counselor for Political Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul. He also served as the Deputy Director of Korean Affairs in Washington, D.C. His other tours include Deputy Principal Officer of the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; the Orderly Departure Program at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand; and the U.S. Embassy in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.
A native of Indiana, Ambassador John is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and holds a Masters Degree in National Security Studies from the National War College. He is a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and speaks Korean and Vietnamese.