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Alan P. Larson
Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business,
And Agricultural Affairs

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  Biography

Alan P. Larson Ambassador Alan P. Larson assumed his duties as Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business, and Agricultural Affairs on November 24, 1999. The Under Secretary serves as the senior economic official at the Department of State. He advises the Secretary on international economic policy and leads the work of the Department on issues ranging from trade and aviation to bilateral relations with America's economic partners.

Ambassador Larson served as Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs from July 1996 to November 1999 and from 1994 to 1996 as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Finance and Development. From 1990 to 1993, Mr. Larson served as American Ambassador to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris.

From 1987 until 1990, Mr. Larson was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs; served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Energy and Resources Policy from 1986 to 1987; and from 1984 to 1986, was Executive Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Economic Affairs.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Larson was Counselor for Economic and Commercial Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Jamaica (1982-84); Deputy Director (1980-82) and International Economist (1978-1980) in the State Department's energy policy office; and economic officer in American Embassies in Zaire (1975-77) and Sierra Leone (1973-75).

Mr. Larson has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Iowa. He also attended Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He is married and has three children.

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