Jim DeHart is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with 27 years of experience as a U.S. diplomat. He holds the rank of Minister Counselor. Jim assumed the duties of Senior Advisor for Security Negotiations and Agreements in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs on September 10, 2019. In this capacity, he maintains a global portfolio as the U.S. Lead Negotiator for bilateral security agreements ranging from status of forces and defense cooperation to burden-sharing agreements with foreign partners.
Prior to this assignment, Jim served as Assistant Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. From 2015–2018, he served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Oslo, Norway, with extended periods as Chargé d’Affaires. From 2014-2015, he was Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) where he oversaw INL programs in Afghanistan and Pakistan, as well as INL’s Office of Crime Programs addressing corruption, money laundering, and organized crime. From 2013-2014, Jim served as Director of the Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Programs in INL.
From 2010-2013, Jim was Director of the Office of Afghanistan Affairs reporting to the Department’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (SRAP). From 2009-2010, he served in Panjshir, Afghanistan as Director of the only civilian-led U.S. Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in the country.
Jim was a Rusk Fellow at Georgetown University where he taught a graduate-level course on NATO enlargement and wrote for publication. He served as Director for Central Asia on the National Security Council Staff at the White House and as Deputy Director for Caucasus and Central Asian Affairs at the State Department. He worked for two Under Secretaries of State as Special Assistant for Europe and Eurasia and served overseas at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium; in Melbourne, Australia; and in Istanbul, Turkey. He also served as desk officer for Greece and in the State Department Operations Center.
Jim was raised in a Foreign Service family in Australia, Hong Kong, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Washington, DC and Central Oregon. He holds a B.A. from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington and a Masters in International Affairs from The Elliott School at George Washington University.