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Alexander Fletcher Watson (born August 8, 1939) is a retired American ambassador and diplomat.

Watson was born in Bostonmarker, Massachusettsmarker. He attended Harvard Universitymarker, earning a bachelor's degree in government in 1961, and joined the Foreign Service in 1962.

Watson served as Vice Consul/Third Secretary at the American embassy in Santo Domingomarker, Dominican Republicmarker, and in 1964 became Vice Consul at the embassy in Madridmarker, Spainmarker. Watson left Spain in 1966 to become an intelligence analyst at the State Departmentmarker's Bureau of Intelligence and Research. Watson continued to serve as an intelligence analyst until 1968, when he began attending the University of Wisconsin‚ÄďMadisonmarker, graduating with his master's degree a year later.

From 1969 to 1972, Watson again worked overseas, this time in Brazilmarker. Watson served his first two years in the country as a Political Officer at the embassy in Brasiliamarker, until he was transferred to serve in the consulate in Salvadormarker in the same position. in 1975, Watson returned to the U.S. to work as a Country Officer in the Office of Brazilian Affairs, a division of the State Department's Bureau of Inter-American Affairs.

In 1975, Watson was transferred to the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, becoming Special Assistant for Legislative and Public Affairs in the Office of Development Finance. In 1977, Watson was promoted to Deputy Director of the Office of Development Finance, and one year later became Director. In 1979, Watson returned to Latin America, serving successively as Deputy Chief of Mission in three American embassies: La Paz, Boliviamarker (1979-1981); Bogot√°marker, Colombiamarker (1981-1984) and Brasilia, Brazil (1984-1986).

In 1986, Watson became the U.S. Ambassador to Perumarker, serving until 1989. In that year, he became Deputy Permanent U.S. Representative to the United Nations, holding this post until 1993, when Watson was appointed Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs by President Bill Clinton, retiring at the end of Clinton's first term in 1996.

After retiring, The Nature Conservancy appointed Watson as Vice President and Executive Director of its to head its Latin America and the Caribbeanmarker division. He has since left that position, and now works at Hills & Co.

In 2004, he joined Diplomats and Military Commanders for Change, a group of retired diplomats and military commanders opposed to the reelection of President George W. Bush. Bush was re-elected nonetheless.

Watson speaks Spanish and Portuguese. He is married to Judith Tuttle, and has two children.


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