Bio Rust D.


Rust M. Deming

Ambassador Rust M. Deming completed a 38 year career at the Department of State on September 30, 2004.  He is now an Adjunct Professor at the Paul Nitze School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University.

Mr. Deming served as American Ambassador to Tunisia from December 2000 until September 2003.  Prior to that, he served Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs and as Deputy Chief of Mission in Tokyo.  Ambassador Deming also served in Tunisia from 1966-68, his first overseas assignment in the Foreign Service.

AMB Deming joined the Department of State in 1966. His foreign languages are Japanese and French. He completed his undergraduate degree in 1964 at Rollins College and received his MA in East Asian Studies from Stanford University in 1981. He is also a 1986 graduate of the National War College

Throughout his career, AMB Deming received numerous Senior Performance Awards and Superior Honor Awards. In 1997, he received the Department of Defense’s Medal for Distinguished Civilian Service, and in 2003 he was awarded the Secretary of State’s Career Achievement Award.   He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.