Craig Johnstone

American diplomat and former deputy UN high commissioner for refugees

The Americas

L. Craig Johnstone is an American diplomat and the former deputy United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Johnstone began his foreign service career in Vietnam from 1965 to 1970. He has served across the globe, including in Canada, Jamaica, France, and as part of the team that established the U.S. Field Mission in the Sinai Desert. He was appointed deputy assistant Secretary of State for Latin America from 1981 to 1985 and U.S. Ambassador to Algeria from 1985 to 1988 by Ronald Reagan. In 1994, Bill Clinton appointed Johnstone to serve as Director of Resources, Plans, and Policy in the office of the Secretary of State.For his diplomacy efforts, Johnstone received the William Rivkin Award. He is also the recipient of numerous government and private sector awards. He has held fellowships at the Council on Foreign Relations and the John Kennedy Institute of Politics at Harvard. Today, Johnstone serves on the Board of Directors for Refugees International.

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