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Anthony Quainton

Distinguished Diplomat in Residence School of International Service

Ambassador Anthony Quainton is the Diplomat-in-Residence and a professor of U.S. Foreign Policy, having previously served in the United States Foreign Service and held ambassadorships to the Central African Republic, Nicaragua, Kuwait, and Peru.


LHD, La Roche College; B.Litt, Oxford University; BA, Princeton University

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SIS-School of Intl Service
SIS - 200E
Contact Info
(202) 885-1669 (Office)

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  • Spring 2017

    • SIS-653 Topics in U.S. Foreign Policy: Diplomatic Practice
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    • SISU-330 Topics in Natl Sec/Foreign Pol: The Responsibility to Protect
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  • Summer 2017

    • SIS-730 Skills Inst in Int'l Affairs: Diplomatic Practice
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  • Fall 2017

    • SIS-653 Topics in U.S. Foreign Policy: Public Diplomacy
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    • SISU-397 SIS Honors Colloquium: The Responsibility to Protect
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

  • Department of State Distinguished Honor Award
  • Presidential Meritorious Service Award (twice)
  • William R. Rivkin Award, American Foreign Service Association
  • Christian A. Herter Award, American Foreign Service Association

Executive Experience

  • Trustee, La Roche College
  • Member, International Policy Committee of the Catholic Bishops Conference
  • Chairman of the Board, Washington Theological Consortium
  • Vice-Chairman, Public Diplomacy Council
  • President, Lions Foundation of Washington

Selected Publications

  • "Terrorism and Political Violence: A Permanent Challenge to Governments," Terrorism, Legitimacy, and Power, Wesleyan University Press, 1983.   
  • "Moral and Ethical Considerations in Defining a Counter Terrorist Policy," The Rationalization of Terrorism, Altheia Books, 1982.   
  • "Terrorism Policy, Action and Reactions," Perspectives on Terrorism, Scholarly Resources Inc, 1983.   
  • "Diplomacy: Still Our First Line of Defense," America, January 20, 2003.   
  • "After the Revolution," America, October 4, 2004.   
  • "Searching for Mexico's Future," America, December 4, 2006.   
  • "Refocusing America's Message," Americas Dialogue with the World, ed. William P. Kiehl, 2007.