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. Prior to this he served as ambassador-at-large and special adviser to the secretary of state for the newly independent states in the mid-1990s. 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. He graduated from Harvard University cum laude and holds a master's degree and Certificate from the Russian and East European Institute at Indiana University.