Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Richard Boucher

Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: Diplomacy, US policy making, press relations, emerging markets, China, India, South Asia.


Richard Boucher is a senior US diplomat turned teacher.  Over a thirty year career he reached the highest rank in the foreign service:  Career Ambassador.  His early assignments were in China, and later in Hong Kong during the transition from British to Chinese sovereignty.   Much of his career was spent as Spokesman for six Secretaries of State.   Later, he took on responsibility for Afghanistan and Pakistan as Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia.  Based on his experience as an economic officer, Ambassador, Spokesman and senior State Department official, he teaches policy making from all angles.  His four years as Deputy Secretary General of the OECD, 2009-2013, gave him a firm basis for integrating economic developments into his courses.


Diplomacy, Economics and Influence