David A. Noble
Foreign Service Officer (Ret), Security and Peace-keeping

David Noble recently completed a 26-year career diplomatic career as a political officer with the State Department.  In addition to postings in Latin America, Europe and Iraq, he worked extensively on issues in Asia, Africa and the wider Middle East. Most recently, he led teams developing and implementing US policy toward multilateral institutions in the areas of non-proliferation, democratization and peacekeeping. 

Mr. Noble directed the Office of Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism, spearheading the expansion of the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism. As Director of the Office of Peacekeeping, Sanctions and Counterterrorism regimes, he was instrumental in managing U.S. policy toward multilateral efforts in Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo and Haiti; he also oversaw efforts to impose UN sanctions on Iran and North Korea. Prior to that, Mr. Noble was Counselor for Nuclear Policy at the U.S. Mission to the UN and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna. In this capacity, Mr. Noble was responsible for promoting U.S. interests in the IAEA regarding the nuclear programs of Iran, DPRK, and Syria. He was deeply involved in the institutional strengthening and modernization of the IAEA. 

From 2000 through 2004, Mr. Noble was the Politico-Military officer at the US Embassy in London where he coordinated US policy with the British Foreign Policy and Defense establishments on issues related to the Balkans, the EU, NATO, and counter-proliferation as well as the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Mr. Noble also served as Deputy Director for Democratic Initiatives in Bagdad in 2004, and as Deputy Director of the Area
Studies programs at the Foreign Service Institute. Earlier, Mr. Noble made significant contributions to anti-narcotics and stabilization efforts in Mexico, Colombia, Central America and the Philippines. Mr. Noble was the recipient of several Superior and Meritorious Honor awards. Prior to his State Department service, Mr. Noble was a teacher and a journalist in Minneapolis and New York City.  

Mr. Noble holds an MA in English Composition from the University of Minnesota, and a BS in Science and Government from St. John’s University in Minnesota. He speaks Spanish and some German.

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