John Hughes

John Hughes is a Vice President at ASG, where he advises clients on market entry and expansion, government affairs, and managing regulatory issues, with a focus on Europe and Eurasia, as well as on sanctions issues.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Hughes was the Deputy Director in the Office of Sanctions Policy and Implementation in the State Department’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs. In this role, Mr. Hughes helped set policy priorities for sanctions regimes around the globe, and served as a key liaison to the private sector. During his tenure there, he visited over twenty countries to engage foreign governments and articulate U.S. policies to the private sector abroad, and advised companies on complex policy and regulatory issues. A former Presidential Management Fellow, Mr. Hughes also spent time in the Office of Korean Affairs and Bureau of Consular Affairs.

Before his career in public service, Mr. Hughes served as Director of two educational language centers in San Francisco, overseeing operations to ensure a successful experience for over 250 language clients from more than 30 countries. 

Mr. Hughes is also a senior adjunct fellow in the Energy, Economics, and Security program at the Center for a New American Security, where he focuses on the role of economic measures in national security and foreign policy.

He has discussed business implications of sanctions and geopolitical issues in interviews with Bloomberg, POLITICO, and The Washington Post, among others. He has also been interviewed by several television and radio programs including CBS News, CNBC, and CNN.

He earned his M.A. in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and a B.A. in English, magna cum laude, from Colby College.  

Mr. Hughes is based in Washington, D.C.