Officially In: Mary Warlick to Belgrade

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On September 22 President Obama announced his intent to nominate Mary Warlik as US Ambassador to the Republic of Serbia. Below is the official bio released by the WH:

Mary Burce Warlick, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, served until May 2009 as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia Policy and prior to that as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for European and NATO Policy. She served previously as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russia at the National Security Council (2007-2008) and Director of the State Department’s Office of Russian Affairs (2004-2007).

Ms. Warlick joined the Foreign Service in 1983. Her previous diplomatic assignments include Minister-Counselor for Economic Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow (2001-2004), Global Affairs Counselor and Economic Officer in Bonn, Germany (1994-1998), and Economic Officer in Manila, Philippines (1988-1990) and Dhaka, Bangladesh (1986-1988). Previous Washington assignments include Office Director for Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus Affairs (1998-2000), Senior Watch Officer in the State Department’s Operations Center (1992-1993), and Economic Officer in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs (1990-1992).

Ms. Warlick holds a BA from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana and an MA from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

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The United States recognized the Republic of Montenegro on June 13, 2006. Ms. Warlick would succeed career diplomat Cameron P. Munter who was appointed Ambassador to Serbia in 2007. {Ambassador Munter reportedly curtailed his assignment in Belgrade earlier this year to become Ambassador Hill’s advisor for pol/mil issues in Baghdad}. If confirmed, Ms. Warlick would only be the second US Ambassador appointed to the Republic of Serbia.

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