Ramin Asgard is a career Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State. He currently serves as a Political Advisor to General David Petraeus at U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Florida. His work at CENTCOM focuses on Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Arabian Peninsula. Prior to joining CENTCOM, Mr. Asgard served as Director of the Iran Regional Presence Office (IRPO) in Dubai, the US government’s primary field operation concerning Iran.
Mr. Asgard has also served as Deputy Political Counselor in Riyadh, Economic/Commercial Officer in Kabul, Pol/Econ Officer in the UAE, and as a Consular Officer in Turkey. Mr. Asgard has served domestically as an International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and as Desk Officer for Iraq, Iran, and Turkey. He has received the 2007 Secretary’s Award for Public Outreach, the 2003 Charles Cobb Award for Trade Promotion, three Superior Honor Awards and six Meritorious Honor Awards.
Prior to joining State, Mr. Asgard practiced law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He received his JD degree from Tulane University, his MA in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania, and his BA from Temple University. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.