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J. Stapleton Roy
Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research

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Biography

Ambassador Roy, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania joined the Foreign Service in 1956. Over the next two decades, Mr. Roy served in the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand, the U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong, the U.S. Embassy in Taipei, Taiwan, and the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia. In 1975, following assignments to the Soviet desk and the National War College, Mr. Roy became Deputy Director of the Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs. In 1978 he was assigned as Deputy Chief of the U.S. Liaison Office in Beijing and became Deputy Chief of Mission when the United States established diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China in 1979. Subsequently, he spent 3 years as Deputy Chief of Mission in Bangkok, Thailand.

In 1984, Mr. Roy was appointed Ambassador to Singapore. In 1986 he became Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs; subsequently, he served for 2 years as Executive Secretary of the Department and Special Assistant to the Secretary of State. He was Ambassador to the People's Republic of China from 1991 to 1995; and Ambassador to Indonesia from 1996 to 1999. In November 1999 he assumed the position of Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research (INR).

The Assistant Secretary for INR reports directly to the Secretary of State on all intelligence matters, providing current and objective analysis on critical foreign policy priorities, both immediate and long term. The Assistant Secretary is also responsible for ensuring that U.S. intelligence activities reflect the Administration's foreign policy objectives in a post Cold War environment.

Ambassador Roy received a B.A. from Princeton University in 1956 and spent 1 year in post-graduate studies at the University of Washington in Seattle from 1964 to 1965.

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