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James Howard Holmes
Ambassador to Latvia
Holmes photoMr. James Howard Holmes, of Springfield, Virginia, is a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service. Before serving as U.S. Ambassador to Latvia, he was the Coordinator for Eastern European Assistance at the Department of State, a program of transnational economic and political assistance to 14 central European and Baltic states including Latvia and for economic reconstruction in Bosnia. Mr. Holmes also served the Department of State as Director of the Office of Strategic Nuclear Policy in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs (1984-88), Deputy Director of the Policy Planning Staff for Europe (1988-92), and as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. embassy in Ankara, Turkey (1992-95). Prior to serving in Turkey, Mr. Holmes worked at the U.S. Consulate General in Lahore, Pakistan (1968-70) and the U.S. embassies in Wellington, New Zealand (1976-79), and Oslo, Norway(1980-83). From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Holmes was assigned to the White House staff and was the recipient of several Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards from the Department of State.

Mr. Holmes received his B.A. from Colgate University in 1965, and studied at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International studies from 1965-67, and at the National War College from 1983-84.

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