The Honorable John W. Limbert

Ambassador (retired)

The Honorable John W. Limbert

Ambassador (retired)

Ambassador Limbert, Class of 1955, was a Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at the United States Naval Academy until 2018. In a 34-year career in the United States Foreign Service he served in the Middle East and Islamic Africa and was Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania. In 2009-2010 he took leave from his teaching post to serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern (Iranian) Affairs.

Ambassador Limbert holds his Ph.D. from Harvard University in History and Middle Eastern Studies. Before joining the Foreign Service, he taught in Iran as a Peace Corps volunteer in Iranian Kurdestan (1964-66) and as an instructor at Shiraz University (1969-72). He has written numerous articles and books on Middle Eastern subjects including Iran at War with History (Westview Press, 1987), Shiraz in the Age of Hafez (University of Washington Press, 2004), and Negotiating with Iran (U.S. Institute of Peace, 2009). Ambassador Limbert holds the Department of State’s highest award—the Distinguished Service Award—and other department awards, including the Award for Valor, which he received after fourteen months as a hostage in Iran.

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