Talk with James Gadsden, retired Ambassador and career FSO

Ambassador (ret.) James Irwin Gadsden

Jim GadsdenAmbassador (ret.) James Irwin Gadsden, is a former Senior Career Foreign Service Officer and former Senior Counselor for International Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation in Princeton, New Jersey. Before joining the Foundation, he was a Diplomat-in-Residence and Lecturer at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs where he continues to direct the Junior Summer Institute for non-Princeton undergraduates who aspire to complete graduate work and careers in international affairs. In 2007, he was Senior Advisor for European Affairs at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. His assignments prior to that included Deputy to the Commandant and International Affairs Advisor at the National War College (NWC), Senior Advisor for European Affairs at the US Mission to the UN, and Deputy Commandant and International Affairs Advisor at the NWC. He joined the NWC faculty in 2005, after completing three years as US Ambassador to Iceland. Previously, he was Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Budapest, Counselor for Economic Affairs at the US Embassy in Paris, economic/political officer at the US Mission to the European Communities in Brussels, and European Communities desk officer at the State Department. Ambassador Gadsden was a member of the ISD Board of Advisers from 2015-2019. He earned a BA degree in economics from Harvard University and an MA degree in East Asian Studies from Stanford University.