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Hugh T Dugan

Hugh is an international affairs scholar and career diplomat having served the US Department of State for thirty-two years and now academia and public affairs. His expertise on the United Nations is supported by twenty-six years of experience as Senior Advisor to eleven US Ambassadors and as senior US delegate and negotiator at the UN. This places Hugh among the longest-serving members of the US Delegation to the UN in history. There Hugh developed broad expertise on key areas of UN activity and foreign policy challenges facing the US. His portfolio included UN management and reform, economic and social affairs, political affairs, and peacebuilding. Hugh worked with senior US Congressional figures to spearhead UN institutional and managerial modernization, which resulted in U.S. Senators releasing a payment of $1 billion in U.S. arrears to the UN in 2000, a major portion of its budget. Hugh served as Senior Fellow on the staff of Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (2001-2002). Previous State Department postings were Mexico City as vice consul, Bermuda as consul and acting consul general, and Washington as advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs.

As Sharkey Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Seton Hall University’s School of Diplomacy and International Relations since 2015, it is Hugh’s privilege to continue advocating for effective US participation in international, multilateral processes, including at the United Nations. Hugh spearhead the School's UN Studies Graduate Certificate program and contributes as a Fellow at its Center for UN and Global Governance Studies. Hugh is a frequent commentator on the BBC World Service, FOX News, and China Television on international topics. Hugh enjoys speaking formally on sport diplomacy and the UN-Olympics relationship. 

Hugh’s civic leadership roles have been in foreign affairs, sports, youth, and culture. Hugh served on the board of the Academic Council of the United Nations System, and served as President of the Fletcher School Alumni Associations of Washington and of New York City. At the United Nations Association of the USA, Hugh is vice chair of the Princeton Chapter. The International Olympic Committee honored Hugh with its Centenary Medal in 1994 for reviving the Olympic Truce for the modern era, leading Hugh to establish the Truce Foundation of the USA. Hugh oversaw the production of the first Illustrated Encyclopedia of Dance (Oxford University Press) as Treasurer of the Dance Perspectives Foundation. 

Hugh has degrees and honors from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University (BSFS); the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (MALD) as S. Pinkney Tuck Fellow; and the Wharton School of Business (MBA) as a State Department Fellow.