|United States Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan|
November 17, 2015 – November 17, 2016
|Preceded by||Jarrett Blanc (Acting)|
|Succeeded by||Laurel Miller (Acting)|
|United States Ambassador to Pakistan|
October 31, 2012 – October 27, 2015
|Preceded by||Cameron Munter|
|Succeeded by||David Hale|
|United States Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates|
October 14, 2008 – May 2, 2011
|President||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Michele Sison|
|Succeeded by||Michael Corbin|
|Born||1959 (age 62–63)|
|Spouse(s)||Deborah Jones div. 2019|
|Alma mater||Brown University|
|Awards||Secretary of Defense Exceptional Civilian Service Award|
Superior Honor Award
Richard Gustave Olson Jr. (born 1959) is an American diplomat and career foreign service officer, who formerly served as the United States Ambassador to Pakistan. Prior to his appointment in Pakistan, Olson had served as U.S. Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates as well the Coordinating Director for Development and Economic Affairs in the U.S. Embassy, Kabul with the rank of ambassador. He is a career member of the Foreign Service, class of Career Minister.
Personal life and education
Olson served as Coordinating Director for Development and Economic Affairs at the U.S. embassy in Kabul, from June 2011 to June 2012.
In 2012, Cameron Munter resigned as the United States ambassador to Pakistan after relations between Pakistan and the United States were deteriorated following the US forces raid killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. The President of United States Barack Obama nominated Olson for ambassadorship which the United States Senate approved. He presented his credentials to President Asif Ali Zardari on October 31, 2012.
Awards and honors
Olson has been awarded the Presidential Distinguished Service Award and the Secretary of Defense's Exceptional Civilian Service Award, and he is a three times recipient of the State Department's Superior Honor Award.
- Retirement of Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard G. Olson
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- About Us: Ambassador Richard Olson
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