Thomas C. Hubbard is senior director for Asia at McLarty Associates and specializes in Asian affairs. Ambassador Hubbard manages the firm’s client work throughout Asia, including its employees and advisors stationed in Hong Kong, Japan, the Philippines, and Singapore.
A seasoned diplomat, Ambassador Hubbard frequently travels throughout the region and maintains an extensive network with government officials, business people, and academics to ensure our clients the broadest range of regional expertise and competing perspectives.
A career foreign service officer for nearly forty years, he served as U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Korea from 2001 to 2004, and before that as ambassador to the Philippines from 1996 to 2000. Earlier in his career, he served seven years in Japan and was deputy chief of mission and acting ambassador in Malaysia. He held key Washington postings, including Philippines desk officer, country director for Japan, and principal deputy assistant secretary for East Asian and Pacific affairs. A fluent Japanese speaker, he devoted half his career to Japan-U.S. relations.
Increasingly involved in Korean Peninsular affairs in the 1990s, Ambassador Hubbard was a principal negotiator of the 1994 Agreed Framework aimed at ending North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, and headed the first senior level U.S. government delegation to North Korea. He was also President Clinton’s envoy to promote human rights and democracy in Burma.
Ambassador Hubbard currently serves as the chairman of The Korea Society in New York City, and sits on numerous advisory boards. He received his B.A. in political science in 1965 from the University of Alabama and has been awarded honorary doctorates by the University of Maryland and the University of Alabama.
In the News
Thomas Hubbard on the future of U.S. Korea relations
October 30, 2012