Richard W. Teare

Senior Associate (Non-resident), Southeast Asia Program
Expertise: Asia, Southeast Asia
Associated Programs: Southeast Asia Program

Richard W. Teare was a member of the U.S. Foreign Service for more than 39 years, rising to the rank of minister-counselor. Much of his early career, in Washington and in the field, was devoted to Southeast Asia, including tours of duty in the Philippines, Vietnam, and Laos. In the Pacific phase of his career, he served as deputy U.S. representative for Micronesian status negotiations, dealing with the future political status of the UN Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, including a year as acting U.S. representative. He then became deputy chief of mission at the U.S. embassy in Wellington, New Zealand, from 1983 to 1986 and held the same position in Canberra, Australia, from 1986 to 1989, including several months as chargé d’affaires. He returned to Washington as director of the office managing U.S. relations with Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, and Singapore. Then, in 1993, he was appointed ambassador to the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and the Republic of Vanuatu. His final assignment was as foreign policy adviser to the commander-in-chief, U.S. Pacific Command, at Camp Smith, Hawaii. After his retirement, Ambassador Teare spent more than five years as director of the Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. In 2005, he completed a two-year term as president of the Australian and New Zealand Studies Association of North America (ANZSANA), which involved organizing the programs of the association’s annual conferences at the University of Toronto in 2004 and Harvard University in 2005. Ambassador Teare continues as a member of the ANZSANA board, is a member of the board of the United States-New Zealand Council, and interviews fellowship applicants for the American Australian Association.