Talk by John Marshall Evans "Honesty in Diplomacy"
John Marshall Evans was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 25, 2004 and was sworn in as the U.S. Ambassador to Armenia on August 11, 2004 where he served until May 24, 2006. A native of Williamsburg, Virginia, Evans earned a BA in Russian history at Yale University and pursued doctoral studies at Columbia University before joining the U.S. Foreign Service. In the first part of his career, he served in Tehran, Prague, and Moscow as well as serving at the Executive Secretariat and Office of the Secretary of State, the U.S. Mission to NATO, and as Deputy Director of the Soviet Desk. His role in coordinating the American response to the Armenian earthquake of 1988 earned him a medal and statement of appreciation from the Armenian government of that time. On his return to Washington in 1999, Evans assumed direction of the State Department's Office of Analysis for Russia and Eurasia, winning a Meritorious Honor Award and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director's Exceptional Performance Award.