James E Akins
- Category : 1926-births
- Type : GP
- Profile : 1/3 - Investigating / Martyr
- Definition : Split - Small (14,26,46)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Maya 3
American diplomat, ambassador to Saudi Arabia from 1973-1976. At the time of his assignment in Saudi Arabia, he was named the state department's Director of Fuels and Energy in 1968. Considered the department's top expert in energy-related issues, he had delivered his prescient warning about the 1973 oil embargo the previous year. Clashes with Henry Kissinger caused Akins to be fired in 1975.
Akins had joined the foreign service in 1954; he had served in the US Navy during WWII. A Quaker with strong principles he was often criticized as being too pro-Arab.
He and his wife were married in 1954 and they had two children.
A heart attack ended his life on July 15, 2010 in an assisted-living facility in Mitchellville, Md.