John Negroponte is a British-born American diplomat. He is currently a J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of International Affairs at the George Washington University. Prior to this, he served as a research fellow and lecturer in international affairs at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs (right here at Yale University!), as the United States Deputy Secretary of State under George W. Bush and Barack Obama, and as the first ever Director of National Intelligence under George W. Bush.
Negroponte served in the United States Foreign Service from 1960 to 1997, starting soon after graduating from Yale. From 1981 to 1996, he had tours of duty as United States ambassador in Honduras, Mexico, and the Philippines. After leaving the Foreign Service, he served in the Bush Administration as the U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations from 2001 to 2004, and was ambassador to Iraq from June 2004 to April 2005.