John R. Bolton

Hon. John R. Bolton

Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

John R. Bolton, a diplomat and a lawyer, has spent many years in public service. From August 2005 to December 2006, he served as the U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations. From 2001 to 2005, he was under secretary of state for arms control and international security. At AEI, Ambassador Bolton's area of research is U.S. foreign and national security policy.


  • U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United States Mission to the United Nations, 2005-2006
  • Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, 2001-2005; Assistant Secretary for International Organization Affairs, 1989-93, Department of State
  • Senior Vice President, AEI, 1997-2001
  • Attorney, Lerner, Reed, Bolton & McManus, 1993-99
  • Assistant Attorney General, Department of Justice, 1985-89
  • Attorney, Covington & Burling, 1983-85, 1974-81
  • Assistant Administrator for Program and Policy Coordination, 1982-83; General Counsel, 1981-82, U.S. Agency for International Development

  • J.D., Yale University Law School
  • B.A., Yale University