John A. Cloud

Professor National Security Affairs
Ambassador, Retired
John A. Cloud photo


Ambassador (ret.) John A. Cloud is a professor in the National Security Department at the U.S. Naval War College. Ambassador Cloud retired in 2010 after almost 32 years in the U.S. Foreign Service. He was the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Lithuania from 2006 - 2009. He also served as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, the U.S. Mission to the European Union, and the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw. He served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for International Economic Affairs on the National Security Council staff from 2001-2003. Mr. Cloud had earlier assignments in the State Department, Bonn, Mexico City and Warsaw.

Contact Information

Areas of Expertise

  • Economics
  • Europe
  • Foreign Policy
  • International Relations
  • NATO

Professional Highlights



Professor in the Department of National Security Affairs and Ruger Chair for national Security Economics.


U.S. Ambassador to Lithuania


M.A., George Washington University, 1977, International Affairs

B.A., University of Connecticut, 1975, Political Science

Research Contributions and Publications

External Memberships and Associations

American Foreign Service Association

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