Ambassador La Porta retired from the US Foreign Service in the fall of 2003 after thirty-eight years of service in the Department of State, and an overall US Government career of forty-four years. During his time in the Foreign Service, he served as Ambassador to Mongolia and Political Advisor to the Commander of NATO Forces in Southern Europe, Naples, Italy. He also served overseas in Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, and Turkey. He is a graduate of the National War College. Ambassador La Porta became President of the United States-Indonesia Society (USINDO) in April 2004. We offer our sincere thanks to both Ambassador La Porta and to EAA editorial board member and interviewer, Michele Ferrier Heryford, who is Assistant Director of the Asian Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh.
An EAA Interview with Ambassador Alphonse F. La Porta