Political and Economic Counselor
Jim Flowers arrived as the Political and Economic Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Kampala in July 2020, after completing an assignment as Deputy Foreign Policy Advisor to the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command (2017-20). Prior to that assignment, Jim worked at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow as Deputy Minister Counselor for Political Affairs and External Unit Chief (2015-17).
Jim’s earlier assignments include overseas tours in Peshawar, Pakistan (2009-10), Ba’quba, Iraq (2005-6); Amman, Jordan (2003-5); and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (2001-3). He has served domestically as an office deputy director in the Political-Military Affairs Bureau (2012-14); as an engagement team leader in the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations deploying to Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, and Turkey (2010-2012); and as Algeria desk officer (2006-8).
Jim received a B.A. in International Studies from Rhodes College in 2000. He speaks Russian, Spanish, and Arabic, and has studied Pashto. His wife Brittany and his two young children are with him in Kampala. He generally tries to be friendlier than his passport photo makes him look.