Speaker Information
Global Issues 2017

Amb. James Collins

Amb. James Collins

Amb. James F. Collins is Senior Associate, Russia and Eurasia Program and Diplomat in Residence at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He was U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation from 1997 to 2001. 

Before his appointment as ambassador to Russia, he served as Ambassador at Large and Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for the Newly Independent States in the mid-1990s and as Deputy Chief of Mission and chargé d’affaires at the U.S. embassy in Moscow from 1990 to 1993. In addition he held positions at the U.S. embassy in Amman, Jordan, and the consulate general in Izmir, Turkey.

Amb. Collins has been active on boards of non-profit organizations concerned with U.S. foreign policy and U.S. relations with Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia. He has served as a member of the board of the U.S.-Russia Business Council, the American Academy of Diplomacy, the Open World Leadership Center, and American Councils for International Education. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Civilian Research and Development Foundation and the Library of Foreign Literature in Moscow.

Before joining the State Department, Amb. Collins taught Russian and European history, American government, and economics at the U.S. Naval Academy.