Ambassador Frederick D. Barton


Diplomacy; Peace Operations


Ambassador Barton is currently the Co-Director of the Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiative (SINSI) with Kit Lunney at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He has taught at Woodrow Wilson from 2001-5, including as the Frederick Schultz Professor from 2001-2, and since 2015.  His most recent Junior Task Forces cover stabilization and peace building.

Barton was the first Assistant Secretary of State for Conflict and Stabilization Operations  (2011-14), U.S. Ambassador to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations in New York (2009-11), Senior Advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (2002-9), Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees at UNHCR (1999-2001), founding Director of USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives (1994-9) and a business and political leader in Maine earlier in his career.


B.A. in government, Harvard College (1971); MBA, Boston University (1982). Ambassador Barton received an honorary doctorate from Wheaton College of Massachusetts in 2001

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