– Domani Spero
US Mission to the United Nations
@VP Biden swears in Samantha Power as U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. on August 5, 2013
US Mission NATO
The new #US Ambassador to #NATO, Douglas Lute was sworn in by #SecKerry on Aug 15.
US Embassy United Kingdom
15 August 2013 – Ambassador Matthew Winthrop Barzun is sworn in by Secretary of State John Kerry at the State Department in Washington (State Dept. photo)
U.S. Embassy Republic of Congo
Ambassador to the Republic of Congo Stephanie S. Sullivan was sworn-in in August at the State Department by Deputy Secretary Burns.
U.S. Embassy Ukraine
Deputy Secretary Bill Burns swears in new U.S. Ambassador to the Ukraine Geoffrey R. Pyatt at the State Department on July 30, 2013 (State Department photo)
U.S. Embassy Cote d’Ivoire
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry hosts a swearing-in ceremony for Terry McCulley as U.S. Ambassador to Cote d’Ivoire at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on October 18, 2013. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]
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The U.S. Senate confirmed the following nominations for the State Department on July 9, 2013.
PN176 * Ukraine
Geoffrey R. Pyatt, of California, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class ofMinister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Ukraine.
PN288 * Burkina Faso
Tulinabo Salama Mushingi, of Virginia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Burkina Faso.
PN426 * DEPARTMENT OF STATE/EAP
Daniel R. Russel, of New York, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (East Asian andPacific Affairs).
—By Domani Spero
On June 25, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee cleared the following State Department nominations:
Since President Obama has now announced a nominee for the Office of Inspector General, we are presuming that Senator Cruz has not gone through with his threat to place a blanket hold on all these nominees (see After 1,989 Day-Vacancy — President Obama Nominates Steve Linick as State Dept Inspector General; also Still No Junkyard Dog? Senator Cruz Warns He’ll Place a Hold on All State Dept Nominations). And if that’s the case, then these nominations should be up for a vote in the full Senate.
On February 26, President Obama announced his intention to nominate Geoffrey R. Pyatt as the next Ambassador to Ukraine. The WH released the following brief bio:
Geoffrey R. Pyatt, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, serves as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs. From 2007 to 2010, he was Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Mission to the International Atomic Energy Agency and International Organizations in Vienna. Prior to that, from 2002 to 2007, Mr. Pyatt served at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, first as Minister Counselor for Political Affairs and then as Deputy Chief of Mission. Before his assignment in New Delhi, Mr. Pyatt was an Economic Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong from 1999 to 2002 and a Principal Officer of the U.S. Consulate in Lahore, Pakistan from 1997 to 1999. In Washington, his assignments included Director for Latin America on the National Security Council staff (1996-1997) and Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of State (1995-1996).
Mr. Pyatt received a B.A. from the University of California, Irvine and an M.A. from Yale University.
Via US Embassy Kyiv, Ukraine
Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Mr. Pyatt worked with The Inter-American Dialogue, a Washington-based think tank that brings together leading citizens of the Americas. He grew up in La Jolla, California and holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from Yale and B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine.
If confirmed, Mr. Pyatt would succeed career diplomat John F. Tefft who was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as U.S. Ambassador to Kyiv on November 20, 2009.