Ambassador Joseph LeBaron is a senior advisor at Squire Patton Boggs active in the practice area of International Business, with an emphasis on the Middle East, especially the Arabian Gulf. He maintains offices in Washington and Doha.
Joseph advises both US and non-US clients, helping clients abroad identify business and investment opportunities within the United States and assisting US clients with market entry and strategic planning for MENA business activities.
Ambassador LeBaron served as US ambassador to the State of Qatar (2008-11) and to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania (2003-06). Between his ambassadorial appointments, he was the political advisor to the commander of US Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida. His earlier assignments in the diplomatic corps included deputy chief of mission in Manama, Bahrain and consul general in Dubai, U.A.E.
Joseph joined the US Foreign Service in 1980, serving first as vice consul at the US Embassy in Qatar. His later diplomatic postings included Amman, Ankara, Istanbul and Washington. In 1989, he was seconded to the US Senate to serve on the national security and foreign affairs staff of Majority Leader George J. Mitchell. From 1998-03, Joseph served in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research at the Department of State in several positions, including senior deputy assistant secretary.
Before joining the Foreign Service, he studied Arabic and Middle Eastern Affairs at the American University of Beirut and was a doctoral research fellow at the University of Khartoum. He is an alumnus of MIT’s Seminar XXI on International Relations and a graduate of the Senior Executive Program on Intelligence Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Joseph is a Vietnam veteran and served in the US Air Force from 1970-74.
Formerly a part time member of the graduate faculty of the Elliott School for International Affairs at George Washington University in Washington DC, he speaks Arabic and Turkish.
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