October 29 Program


Janet Bogue
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State
“Diplo-Mapping: The Maps Diplomats Draw and their Consequences”

Janet Bogue completed her career in the United States Foreign Service in 2005.  She was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia, responsible for U.S. Balkans policy and the work of seven American diplomatic missions during the armed conflict in Macedonia and the period after 9/11.  Other assignments during a twenty-four year career included:  Chargé d'Affaires, Kathmandu; Deputy Chief of Mission, Kathmandu; Deputy Chief of Mission, Almaty; Speechwriter for Secretary Warren Christopher; Senior Desk Officer for the former Yugoslavia; Political Officer for Afghanistan, based in Islamabad; Delegate to the Negotiations on Conventional Forces in Europe, Vienna; and Political Officer, Belgrade.  Ms. Bogue was also Director of Assignments and Career Development for new Foreign Service employees.
            Ms. Bogue's diplomatic honors include the State Department's Meritorious Honor and Superior Honor Awards, and the Secretary of State's Career Achievement Award.  For their 1993 dissent on U.S. policy toward Bosnia, Ms. Bogue and colleagues received the American Foreign Service Association's William R. Rivkin Award for Intellectual Courage and Constructive Dissent.  She and a  team in Kazakstan earned the State Department's Award for Valor for efforts to end nuclear, biological and chemical weapons programs there. 
            Ms. Bogue has devoted herself to teaching since leaving the State Department.  She taught undergraduates in the Government Department at Skidmore College and advised graduate students as a career coach at the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University.  She is a frequent speaker on leadership, ethics and dissent at the Foreign Service Institute in Virginia, and a lecturer for lifelong-learning programs, including Road Scholar’s programs at The Chautauqua Institution in New York.  For several years, she has taught nature-based science programs and environmental education to K-6 students.  A photographer of American landscapes, she has also taught photography to students in middle school and high school.
            Ms. Bogue earned a BA summa cum laude in history at the University of Puget Sound, which later made her an honorary Doctor of Laws for her contributions to American diplomacy.  Ms. Bogue holds a Master of Arts in history from the University of Oregon.  She speaks German, Russian, and Serbian.