Robert Finn

The first U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban, Ambassador Robert Finn, Ph.D. has held numerous diplomatic positions in throughout Central Asia and the Middle East. He served as U.S. Ambassador to Tajikstan from 1998-2001 and his other diplomatic postings include Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir, Turkey; Lahore, Pakistan; and Zagreb, Croatia. He opened the U.S. Embassy in Azerbaijan in 1992. He has received numerous awards from the U.S. government, including two Presidential Meritorious Service Awards and an award for heroism.  In addition to his political achievements, Dr. Finn is a published poet and translator, who reads in more than ten languages. Currently a professor at Princeton University, Finn has a dual appointment in the Department of Near Eastern Studies and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He is Associate Research Scholar at the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination, a Princeton initiative focused on the theory and practice of political autonomy in areas of conflict and transition.


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Published work

The Afghanistan Connection (forthcoming from Yale University Press); Building State Security in Afghanistan (Woodrow Wilsocn School of Public and International Affairs, 2007); Nazli Eray's Orpheus (September, 2006) The Early Turkish Novel 1872-1900 (Isis Press, 1984);

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