2014 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month: Richard Hoagland
One of the founders of Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies, Ambassador Richard E. Hoagland is the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs.
Before returning to Washington in September 2013, Ambassador Hoagland spent a decade in South and Central Asia. He was U.S. Deputy Ambassador to Pakistan (2011-2013), U.S. Ambassador to Kazakhstan (2008-2011), and U.S. Ambassador to Tajikistan (2003-2006). He also served as U.S. Charge d'affaires to Turkmenistan (2007-2008). Prior to his diplomatic assignments in Central Asia, Ambassador Hoagland was Director of the Office of Caucasus and Central Asian Affairs in the Bureau of Europe and Eurasian Affairs, Department of State (June 2001-2003). In that position, he wrote and negotiated four of the key bilateral documents defining the Central Asian states’ enhanced post-9/11 relationship with the United States.
A member of the Senior Foreign Service (Minister-Counselor), Ambassador Hoagland’s earlier foreign assignments included Embassy Moscow where he was Press Spokesman, Uzbekistan, and Pakistan twice – the first time (1986-1989) working with the Afghan Resistance during the Soviet-Afghan War. He also served in the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research as the lead analyst for Afghanistan and Pakistan (1989-1991). Subsequently, because of his Afghanistan expertise, he was U.S. Deputy Special Envoy for Afghanistan (1991-1992). During the course of his career, he has received multiple State Department Meritorious and Superior Honor Awards, as well as Presidential Performance Awards. In 2013, he received the Distinguished Honor Award.