Ambassador Frederick Barton has been the Assistant Secretary of State for Conflict and Stabilization Operations and the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization since April 2012. He has previously served as senior advisor to the Secretary of State on Conflict and Stabilization and United States representative to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. Barton has also held positions at United Nations Refugee Agency, Center for Strategic and International Studies, United States Agency for International Development, and Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School; he co-chaired working groups at the United States Institute of Peace and with the Princeton Project on National Security. Barton's research interests include international security and post-conflict reconstruction, and his expertise includes bureaucratic reform, the United Nations, and refugees. He graduated from Harvard College, received his M.B.A. from Boston University, and was honored with a Ph.D. by Wheaton College of Massachusetts.