James F. Moriarty
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Mr. Moriarty became U.S. Ambassador to Nepal in July 2004. Prior to that, he worked at the National Security Council, initially as Director for Asian Affairs and later as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Asian Affairs. Mr. Moriarty is originally from Ware, Massachusetts. After graduating from Dartmouth College, he joined the Foreign Service in 1975 as a political officer.
His first tour was as a consular officer in the U.S. Embassy in Rabat, Morocco. He subsequently served as a political/economic officer at the Embassy in Mbabane, Swaziland and then as an economic officer in the U.S. State Department’s Office of Southern African Affairs. After Urdu language training, he served as a political officer in Islamabad, Pakistan. Following two years of Chinese language training, Mr. Moriarty then went on to Beijing, where he served as Deputy Chief of the U.S. Embassy’s political section. From 1991 to 1993, he served as Deputy Director in the State Department’s Office of UN Political Affairs. In that capacity, he helped formulate and coordinate U.S. policy on such UN Security Council issues as Haiti, El Salvador, and the former Yugoslavia. James then served as a Diplomat-in-Residence at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. After taking a third year of Chinese language training, he served as Chief of the General Affairs (Political) Section of the American Institute in Taiwan and subsequently as Political Minister-Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.
Mr. Moriarty has received a number of awards during his State Department career, including the Director General’s Award for the Best Reporting Officer (1987); two individual Superior Honor Awards (1993 and 2000); two Group Superior Honor Awards (1985 and 1992); and the William R. Rivkin Award (1994).
Mr. Moriarty is the proud father of a son, Mana, and a daughter, Kate. He is married to Lauren Moriarty, who is currently the U.S. Ambassador to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum.
Released on July 6, 2004