For media inquiries, email

Ambassador Bruce L. Laingen

Former U.S. Chargé d'Affaires & hostage in Tehran

Ambassador Laingen is currently President of the American Academy of Diplomacy. He served as the US Ambassador to Malta from 1977 to 1979. In mid 1979 he returned to Iran for a second tour as chargé d'affaires of the American Embassy before being held hostage in the Iran hostage crisis from November 4,1979 to January 20,1981.

Following his release, Ambassador Laingen served as Vice President of the National Defense University in Washington, DC until his retirement from the Foreign Service in 1987. Ambassador Laingen serves on the boards of A Presidential Classroom for Young Americans, the Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania, No Greater Love and the National Defense University Foundation.