At a Glance
• Senior Director, Asia Practice
• Served as US Ambassador to South Korea and the Philippines
• Former Country Director for Japan, Desk Officer for the Philippines, and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific affairs
• Principal negotiator of the 1994 Agreed Framework with North Korea
Thomas C. Hubbard, Senior Director, is a veteran leader of our Asia practice.
A career foreign service officer for nearly forty years, he served as US Ambassador to the Republic of Korea from 2001 to 2004, and before that as Ambassador to the Philippines from 1996 to 2000. Earlier in his career, he served seven years in Japan and was Deputy Chief of Mission and acting Ambassador in Malaysia. He held key Washington postings, including Philippines Desk Officer, Country Director for Japan, and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific affairs. A fluent Japanese speaker, he devoted half his career to Japan-US relations.
Increasingly involved in Korean Peninsular affairs in the 1990s, Ambassador Hubbard was a principal negotiator of the 1994 Agreed Framework aimed at ending North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, and headed the first senior level US government delegation to North Korea. He was also President Clinton’s envoy to promote human rights and democracy in Burma.
Ambassador Hubbard currently serves as the Chairman of The Korea Society in New York City and sits on numerous advisory boards. He received his BA in political science from the University of Alabama and has been awarded honorary doctorates by the University of Maryland and the University of Alabama.
In the News
Thomas Hubbard on how Trump will handle South Korea
March 14, 2017
John Negroponte and Thomas Hubbard comment on US business leaders’ concerns in the Philippines
February 22, 2017
Thomas Hubbard comments on challenges and opportunities for investors in the Philippines
Bloomberg TV Philippines
February 22, 2017
Thomas Hubbard and US-Philippines Society board meet with President-elect Rodrigo Duterte
June 27, 2016
John Negroponte and Tom Hubbard lead the US-Philippines Society in promoting a strong bilateral relationship
The Philippine Star
January 30, 2015
Thomas Hubbard discusses the North Korean threat against The Interview
December 19, 2014
Thomas Hubbard on the future of US-Korea Relations
October 30, 2012
Ambassador Thomas C. Hubbard: Prospects and challenges for the Obama Administration’s policy toward the Korean peninsula
The Asia Foundation
February 17, 2009
Thomas Hubbard: Why Trump needs Seoul and Tokyo for success with North Korea
April 20, 2017