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John A. Cloud, Ambassador (ret.)

John A. Cloud, Ambassador (ret.)

Ruger Chair of National Security Economics
National Security Affairs
(401) 841-6450


Ambassador (ret.) John A. Cloud is a Professor in the National Security Affairs Department of the U.S. Naval War College. Ambassador Cloud also holds the William B. Ruger Chair of National Security Economics.  He is a specialist in European and economic issues.

Professor Cloud served as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Lithuania from August 2006 to July 2009. He previously served as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the United States Embassy in Berlin, Germany. 

Mr. Cloud was Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for International Economic Affairs on the National Security Council staff from 2001 - 2003.  Mr. Cloud was Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Mission to the European Union from 1999 to 2001. From 1996 to 1999, Mr. Cloud served as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the American Embassy in Warsaw, Poland.

From 1991 to 1995, Mr. Cloud was the Economic Counselor at the American Embassy in Bonn, Germany. He served at the State Department from 1988 to 1991 and had earlier assignments in Mexico City and Warsaw.

Mr. Cloud received his B.A. from the University of Connecticut in 1975, and a Masters in International Affairs from George Washington University in 1977. 

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