Officially In: Jeffrey D. Feltman to the NEA Bureau

NEA Bureau Map from state.gov

President Obama announced yesterday his intention to nominate Jeffrey Feltman for Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs.

Jeffrey Feltman, a career member of the U.S. Foreign Service since January 1986, assumed his current position as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of Near Eastern Affairs on February 11, 2008. Since December 18, 2008 he is also the Acting Assistant Secretary of State for the Near East Bureau.

U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Jeffrey D. Feltman with Commander, Task Force 59,
Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Carl Jensen at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon.
At the request of the U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon and at the direction of the Secretary of Defense,
the United States Central Command and the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24 MEU)
assisted with the departure of U.S. citizens from Lebanon.

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. James H. Frank (July 19, 2006)

Until January 25, 2008 he had served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Lebanon having been sworn in on July 22, 2004. From January to April 2004, Feltman headed the Coalition Provisional Authority’s office in the Irbil province of Iraq and simultaneously served as Deputy Regional Coordinator for CPA’s northern area. From August 2001 until December 2003, Feltman served at the U.S. Consulate-General in Jerusalem, first as Deputy Principal Officer and then, from July 2001 until September 2002, as Acting Principal Officer.

He also served in Embassy Tel Aviv as Ambassador Indyk’s Special Assistant on Peace Process issues from the summer of 2000 to July 2001. From 1998 to 2000, Feltman served as Chief of the Political and Economic Section at the U.S. Embassy in Tunisia. He served in the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv from 1995 to 1998, covering economic issues in the Gaza Strip.

Mr. Feltman studied Arabic at the University of Jordan in Amman from 1994 to 1995 after joining the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs in 1993. From 1991 to 1993, Feltman served in the office of Deputy Secretary Lawrence Eagleburger as a Special Assistant concentrating on the coordination of U.S. assistance to the formerly Communist countries of Eastern and Central Europe. Feltman served as an economic officer at the U.S. Embassy in Hungary from 1988 to 1991. Feltman’s first tour in the U.S. Foreign Service was as a consular officer in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Feltman speaks French, Arabic and Hungarian. He received his undergraduate degree in history and fine arts from Ball State University in 1981 and his Master’s degree in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in 1983.


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Officially In: Jeffrey D. Feltman to the NEA Bureau

NEA Bureau Map from state.gov

President Obama announced yesterday his intention to nominate Jeffrey Feltman for Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs.

Jeffrey Feltman, a career member of the U.S. Foreign Service since January 1986, assumed his current position as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of Near Eastern Affairs on February 11, 2008. Since December 18, 2008 he is also the Acting Assistant Secretary of State for the Near East Bureau.

U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Jeffrey D. Feltman with Commander, Task Force 59,
Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Carl Jensen at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon.
At the request of the U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon and at the direction of the Secretary of Defense,
the United States Central Command and the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24 MEU)
assisted with the departure of U.S. citizens from Lebanon.

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. James H. Frank (July 19, 2006)

Until January 25, 2008 he had served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Lebanon having been sworn in on July 22, 2004. From January to April 2004, Feltman headed the Coalition Provisional Authority’s office in the Irbil province of Iraq and simultaneously served as Deputy Regional Coordinator for CPA’s northern area. From August 2001 until December 2003, Feltman served at the U.S. Consulate-General in Jerusalem, first as Deputy Principal Officer and then, from July 2001 until September 2002, as Acting Principal Officer.

He also served in Embassy Tel Aviv as Ambassador Indyk’s Special Assistant on Peace Process issues from the summer of 2000 to July 2001. From 1998 to 2000, Feltman served as Chief of the Political and Economic Section at the U.S. Embassy in Tunisia. He served in the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv from 1995 to 1998, covering economic issues in the Gaza Strip.

Mr. Feltman studied Arabic at the University of Jordan in Amman from 1994 to 1995 after joining the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs in 1993. From 1991 to 1993, Feltman served in the office of Deputy Secretary Lawrence Eagleburger as a Special Assistant concentrating on the coordination of U.S. assistance to the formerly Communist countries of Eastern and Central Europe. Feltman served as an economic officer at the U.S. Embassy in Hungary from 1988 to 1991. Feltman’s first tour in the U.S. Foreign Service was as a consular officer in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Feltman speaks French, Arabic and Hungarian. He received his undergraduate degree in history and fine arts from Ball State University in 1981 and his Master’s degree in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in 1983.


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US Embassy Dublin
Photo from Published OIG Report (state.gov)

President Obama’s pick for US Embassy Dublin, Dan Rooney has not made it to the SFRC hearing schedule yet, but Senator Casey of Pennsylvania has thrown his full support behind the nominee on the day his nomination was announced:

“… as a Pennsylvanian and one of Irish descent, I had the great news announced today by the President of the United States that Dan Rooney—from the great Rooney family of Pittsburgh, owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers and a great friend of the people of Ireland, who has been active in the peace process, as has his family for a generation or more with their time, their effort, their money, and their wisdom—has been nominated to be Ambassador to Ireland. He is a Pittsburgher and a Pennsylvanian, and we are so very proud today to be able to report that for those who haven’t yet heard the news. I will work, as a member of the Committee on Foreign Relations, to get him confirmed because we should confirm him.”
[…]
“Dan Rooney is well known as the owner of the Steelers, the Super Bowl champs several times over in the last generation, and that is wonderful that he is, but he is a son of Pittsburgh, a very humble man, a very decent, kind, caring, and compassionate man, someone who has the kind of integrity and the kind of commitment to service you would want in an ambassador to any country but especially one such as Ireland. Pennsylvania has a pretty significant percentage of its population that traces its ancestry to that small island, and across the ages we have been proud of that connection, that affinity we have for the people of Ireland. In this case, if all goes as it should with the confirmation—and I am sure it will—we will have a son of Pittsburgh, a son of Pennsylvania, a resident of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania serving as Ambassador to Ireland.”


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(Congressional Record – Senate – March 17, 2009)
[Page: S3157] GPO’s PDF
[Page: S3158] GPO’s PDF

Rooting for Rooney

US Embassy Dublin
Photo from Published OIG Report (state.gov)

President Obama’s pick for US Embassy Dublin, Dan Rooney has not made it to the SFRC hearing schedule yet, but Senator Casey of Pennsylvania has thrown his full support behind the nominee on the day his nomination was announced:

“… as a Pennsylvanian and one of Irish descent, I had the great news announced today by the President of the United States that Dan Rooney—from the great Rooney family of Pittsburgh, owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers and a great friend of the people of Ireland, who has been active in the peace process, as has his family for a generation or more with their time, their effort, their money, and their wisdom—has been nominated to be Ambassador to Ireland. He is a Pittsburgher and a Pennsylvanian, and we are so very proud today to be able to report that for those who haven’t yet heard the news. I will work, as a member of the Committee on Foreign Relations, to get him confirmed because we should confirm him.”
[…]
“Dan Rooney is well known as the owner of the Steelers, the Super Bowl champs several times over in the last generation, and that is wonderful that he is, but he is a son of Pittsburgh, a very humble man, a very decent, kind, caring, and compassionate man, someone who has the kind of integrity and the kind of commitment to service you would want in an ambassador to any country but especially one such as Ireland. Pennsylvania has a pretty significant percentage of its population that traces its ancestry to that small island, and across the ages we have been proud of that connection, that affinity we have for the people of Ireland. In this case, if all goes as it should with the confirmation—and I am sure it will—we will have a son of Pittsburgh, a son of Pennsylvania, a resident of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania serving as Ambassador to Ireland.”


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(Congressional Record – Senate – March 17, 2009)
[Page: S3157] GPO’s PDF
[Page: S3158] GPO’s PDF