Richard G. Miles is a senior associate of the Americas Program at CSIS. He has 20 years of experience as a Foreign Service officer at the U.S. Department of State and as an intelligence officer with the U.S. Army. His diplomatic assignments have included embassies in Argentina, Barbados, Germany, and a Provincial Reconstruction Team in Iraq. In Washington, he was the alternate representative to the Organization of American States, a Peru country officer, and an adviser on Western Hemisphere affairs to the undersecretary for political affairs. He later directed Mexican and Canadian issues on the National Security Council staff at the White House. As an Army officer in the final years of the Cold War, he was assigned to the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment in Germany. He later took part in Operation Desert Storm as the unit led the coalition attack against Iraqi armored forces. Recently, he cofounded the Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention in Gainesville, Florida, which teaches science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and critical thinking skills through inventions. Mr. Miles holds a B.A. in Russian studies from the University of Washington and an M.S. in foreign service from Georgetown University. He is fluent in Spanish and German.