G. Philip Hughes

Senior Associate (Non-resident), Americas Program
Associated Programs: Americas Program

G. Philip Hughes, currently a senior director of the White House Writers Group, has served in many senior foreign policy posts in the White House and Departments of State, Commerce, and Defense. For almost five years, he served as deputy national security adviser to Vice President George H.W. Bush. He also served as director for Latin American affairs on the National Security Council staff, briefing and accompanying President Ronald Reagan on summit trips to Mexico and the Eastern Caribbean and First Lady Nancy Reagan on a relief visit after the Mexico City earthquake. As deputy assistant secretary of state for politico-military affairs, Ambassador Hughes negotiated more than a half-dozen bilateral and multilateral trade agreements, including supercomputer export agreements with Japan, the United Kingdom, and India. In this role, he supervised the final negotiation of the Missile Technology Control Regime. He also served as assistant secretary of commerce for export enforcement, responsible for the enforcement of U.S. export control and anti-boycott laws. Ambassador Hughes served as executive secretary of the National Security Council (NSC) in the White House of President George H.W. Bush, overseeing the operation of the NSC for the president’s national security adviser. He was subsequently appointed ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, where he served from 1990 to 1993. In the private sector, Ambassador Hughes led the National Council of World Affairs Organizations (now the World Affairs Councils of America), the national network of nearly 100 Councils in cities across county. As managing director for Washington operations of the Council of the Americas, he worked on the first and second Western Hemisphere energy ministers' meetings, the Western Hemisphere energy initiative catalyzed by the Miami Summit of the Americas, and the first-ever meeting of Western Hemisphere finance ministers. In this position and as vice president of Manchester Trade, Ltd., he worked on three Western Hemisphere Trade Ministerials, advancing the Free Trade of the Americas Agreement. He also served as chief operating office of AIPT, an international educational exchange organization specializing in on-the-job-training internships for U.S. and foreign students. Ambassador Hughes is a graduate of the University of Dayton and holds graduate degrees from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Harvard University. He is currently chairman of the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training; senior vice president and secretary of the Council of American Ambassadors; vice president of the Foreign Policy Discussion Group; and program chairman and board member of the Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs.

Contact Information
Email: phughes [at] whwg.com