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JUNEAU - U.S. Ambassador to Mongolia Mark C. Minton will speak at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center downtown. Sponsored by the Juneau World Affairs Council, Minton is a career member of the Foreign Service.
Minton arrived in Ulaanbaatar on Sept. 18, 2006, to take up his assignment as U. S. Ambassador. He was previously Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, Republic of Korea. He began his foreign service career as a political officer in Tokyo, Japan, in 1977. He served on the Policy Planning Staff in Washington, D.C., followed by an assignment with the Office of Soviet Union Affairs.
In 1984, Minton became the Consul General in Sapporo, Japan. He has served in subsequent assignments with the Department of State's Executive Secretariat, As a Pearson Fellow with the United States Senate and as Deputy Director, Japanese Affairs, at the Department of State.
In 1992, Minton became the Minister-Counselor of Political Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, then returned to Washington as the Director of Korean Affairs. In 1998, he became Minister-Counselor for Political Affairs at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, followed by a year as Diplomat-in-Residence at the City College of New York.
Minton graduated from Columbia University with a bachelor's degree in literature and received his Master's degree in History from Yale University. He speaks Japanese and Korean and served three years in the U.S. Army.