Deputy Chief of Mission
W. Patrick Murphy
W. Patrick Murphy is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service. Prior to arriving in Thailand, he served as Special Representative and Policy Coordinator for Burma (Acting), from 2012 to 2013. He previously served as Director and Deputy Director of the Office for Mainland Southeast Asia (Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam), Deputy Special Representative for Burma, leader of the interagency Ninewa Provincial Reconstruction Team in northern Iraq, Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. Embassy Maseru (Kingdom of Lesotho), and Political and Economic Chief at Embassy Rangoon. Since joining the Foreign Service in 1992, he has also completed diplomatic assignments abroad in China, Guinea, and Mali.
In Washington, Mr. Murphy previously served as senior political advisor for the Haiti Working Group and desk officer for Burma and Laos. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon. He received an M.A. in international relations from The Johns Hopkins University (SAIS), an M.S. in strategic security studies from the National War College, where he was a distinguished (honor) graduate, and a B.A. in political science and Canadian studies from the University of Vermont. He studied international economics at the European Institute in Nice, France.
Mr. Murphy is a recipient of the Department of State’s Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards and the Department of the Army’s Superior Civilian Service Award. He was the runner-up for the Secretary of State’s 2005 Human Rights and Democracy Achievement Award for his work in Burma. He received the National Defense University 2009 President’s Award for excellence in writing. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Mr. Murphy was a resource economist for the World Wildlife Fund and a policy analyst for the Overseas Development Council. His foreign languages include French, Spanish, Cantonese, and Burmese. Patrick and his wife, Kathleen, have a son (Seamus) and two daughters (Meghan and Gillian).