Charles B. Salmon, Jr.
FOREIGN POLICY ADVISOR
Ambassador Charles B. Salmon, Jr., joined the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in late August 1996, after he retired from the Department of State. He provides advice on U.S. foreign policy, specifically as it relates to Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean area nations. Ambassador Salmon is also a member of the Center’s academic department. Ambassador Salmon came to APCSS after serving as Foreign Policy Advisor to the Commander, U.S. Pacific Command, from August 1993. His prior assignment was in Vientiane, Laos, where he was the American Ambassador. He also served as Director, Office of Philippine Affairs, and Director, Office of Thailand and Myanmar Affairs in Washington D.C.; and Deputy Chief of Mission in Rangoon, Myanmar and Wellington, New Zealand.
Ambassador Salmon’s career with the Department of State began in 1964 when he served as Foreign Service Officer in the Bureau of Public Affairs, and in 1966 as Staff Assistant in the Bureau for Far Eastern Affairs. In 1967, he served in Vienna, Austria, as consular officer. From there, he moved to Saigon where he was assistant mission coordinator in 1969. In 1971, he returned to Europe for assignment as political officer in The Hague, Netherlands. From 1974-1977, he served as political officer in Manila, Philippines. In 1978, he became Director of the Office of Human Rights, Department of State, Washington D.C.
Ambassador Salmon received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Fordham University and a Master of Arts degree in history from Columbia University. He is also a graduate of the National War College, Washington D.C. Mr. Salmon served two years as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army.
His awards and decorations include the Presidential Award for Meritorious Service, the Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Medal, and the Department of State Superior Honor Award.