Bio and Links

Richard Boucher
Ambassador, OECD Deputy, Professor

Travels from: Washington, D.C.

With four decades experience in foreign policy and international economic policy, serving Presidents and Secretaries of State, both Democrat and Republican, Ambassador Richard Boucher played a key role at the center of the action from China’s opening to the outside world to the  economic crisis, from the end of communism through 9/11 and Afghanistan. With a global perspective and worldwide experience, he tells the compelling story of how the world is changing and how we maintain US leadership.


  • Who are these guys?  Emerging Markets and US
  • The Five Disruptive Trends That We’d Better Deal With
  • Power and Influence in a Networked World
  • A billion here, a billion there:   China & India compared.
  • South Asia and Central Asia
  • Talk into the Crisis
  • Corporate Social Responsibility and Anti-Bribery Guidelines
  • Clean Government


A seasoned foreign policy professional now turned teacher, Richard Boucher served at the center of the action as Ambassador (Cyprus), Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, including Afghanistan and Pakistan (2006-2009), Consul General during the handover of Hong Kong from British to Chinese rule (1996-1999) and the longest-serving spokesmen of the U.S. State Department (1989-1992 and 2000-2005). Early in his career as an economic officer in China, he tracked reform on the ground. Over the next decades, he developed a unique perspective on emerging markets, especially China and India, and the rebalancing of the global economy. As spokesman for six Secretaries of State, including four years under Colin Powell, he repeatedly managed communications in crises. During the fall of the Berlin Wall, Tiananmen, the first and second Gulf Wars, 9/11 and other momentous events, he helped create the history that has shaped our times. From 2009-2013, as Deputy Secretary General of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), he promoted better standards and practices for economic recovery with a focus on developing and emerging countries. With a truly global outlook, but a continuous emphasis on how we can prosper in the new era, he shares insightful comments on current events and global policy issues.  He continues to travel regularly to China and elsewhere for speeches and programs.

Richard is now in a new career teaching, speaking out and writing about foreign policy, with a focus on the emerging powers.  He teaching economic diplomacy at the Watson Institute of Brown University, and has also taught the Ford School of the University of Michigan and at George Mason University.  He serves on the Board of the Mountain Institute an organization which works with mountain peoples to preserve ecology and culture in the mountains of West Virginia, Nepal and Peru.

Richard blogs as an expert at

Video links

Power and Influence in a Networked World

Emerging Markets and US (Presentation to the Juneau Alaska World Affairs Council)



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