Ambassador James Melville

Ambassador James Melville

Summary: Thirty-three year career with the US Foreign Service, culminating as the American Ambassador to Estonia. Key assignments include service as Deputy Chief of Mission (deputy ambassador) in Berlin, Germany, Executive Director of the State Department’s European Bureau, Minister Counselor at the US Embassy in Moscow and the US Mission to NATO. Post- retirement supports US Army division/corps-level exercises.
Background / Experience:
Interagency Subject Matter Expert, TRADOC Mission Command Training Program War Fighter Exercise Series (2021-ongoing; WFX 22-1 Grafenwoehr, Germany, WFX 22-5 Fort Campbell, KY, WFX 23-1, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA, WFX 23-2 Fort Stewart, GA); February 2022 NTC Fort Irwin, CA (3rd SFAB training exercise).
Associate Dean/Professor of International Studies, School of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC (2018-2021) Ambassador/Chief of Mission, Tallinn, Estonia (2015-2018) Deputy Chief of Mission, Berlin, Germany (2012-2015) Executive Director (Deputy Assistant Secretary), Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, and Bureau of International Organization Affairs, Department of State, Washington, DC (2010-2012) Minister Counselor, American Embassy London (2008-2010), American Embassy Moscow (2005-2008), Management Counselor, American Embassy Paris (2001-2005) Management Counselor, US Mission to NATO, Brussels, Belgium (1997-2001) US Foreign Service Officer, Department of State (1985-2018) (assignments in addition to above include US Embassies in East Berlin, Victoria, Seychelles, Consulate General Leningrad/St. Petersburg, State Department Operations Center, Bureau of Legislative Affairs and Foreign Service Board of Examiners) Attorney in private litigation practice, West Long Branch, NJ (1982-1985) Education and Training:
J.D., Rutgers University, Newark, NJ BA, History, Boston University Languages: German, Russian, French

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