James L. Bullock spent a long Foreign Service career mostly in Arabic-speaking countries/NEA. His most notable FS postings were as head of U.S. Embassy public affairs sections in France, Egypt, Iraq, Tunisia and Morocco, as Embassy press attaché in Moscow, and in NEA-related positions in Washington. Prior to joining the U.S. Information Agency in 1979, he worked in marketing with Procter & Gamble, and served in the U.S. Navy, including three as a White House social aide. In addition to professional and language training at the National Foreign Affairs Training Center/FSI, he attended the University of Oklahoma (Navy-sponsored graduate program in Mass Communications) and Yale College (BA, Russian Studies). He has been certified over the years by FSI to be proficient in French, Arabic, and Russian.
Since retiring from the State Department in 2009, Bullock has held various full and part-time positions with the American University in Cairo, the Lois Roth Endowment, the George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs, the Public Diplomacy Council, and the Public Diplomacy Association of America. He has maintained an affiliation with the State Department as a “rehired annuitant,” on-call for short periods, both overseas and in Washington. Finally, he is a regular “inter-agency” consultant to the U.S. Army’s Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana