On February 17, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Richard Norland to be the next Ambassador to Georgia. The WH released the following brief statement:
Ambassador Richard Norland, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, serves as the International Affairs Advisor and Deputy Commandant at the National War College. From September 2007 to July 2010, he was U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Uzbekistan. Prior to which, he served for two years as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. Additional overseas assignments have included: Deputy Chief of Mission in Riga, Latvia; Diplomat with the U.S. Army Civil Affairs team in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan; Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Dublin; and Political Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. He was Director for European Affairs on the National Security Council for two years during the Clinton and Bush administrations.
Ambassador Norland has a B.S. from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and master’s degrees from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and National War College.
A better outline of his previous assignments is here. He served two years in Kabul and presumably a year in Mazar-e-Sharif. Ambassador Norland speaks French, Russian, Norwegian and Latvian. He and his wife, Mary Hartnett, have two children.
If confirmed, Ambassador Norland would succeed career diplomat, John Bass who was appointed by President Obama to the US Embassy in Tbilisi in 2009. No political appointee has yet succeeded in getting appointed as US Ambassador to Georgia.