Ambassador Hubbard sat with AsiaEast Roundtable host Stephen Costello in November 2012 for an in-depth interview – view it here.
Ambassador Thomas C. Hubbard is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Korea Society. He is also Senior Director at McLarty Associates in Washington, D.C., where he specializes in Asian affairs.
A career Foreign Service Officer for nearly forty years, he served as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea from 2001 to 2004, and before that as Ambassador to the Philippines from 1996-2000. Earlier in his career he served seven years in Japan, and is a Japanese speaker; and was Deputy Chief of Mission and acting Ambassador in Malaysia. He held key Washington postings including Philippines desk officer, country director for Japan, and principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific affairs.
Increasingly involved in Korean Peninsular affairs in the 1990s, Ambassador Hubbard was a principal negotiator of the 1994 Agreed Framework aimed at ending North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, and headed the first senior level U.S. government delegation to North Korea. He was also President Clinton’s envoy to promote human rights and democracy in Burma.
He received his B.A. in political science in 1965 from the University of Alabama and has been awarded honorary doctorates by the University of Maryland and the University of Alabama.