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On November 30, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Ian C. Kelly to be to be U.S. Representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, with the rank of Ambassador. The WH released the following official bio:
Ian Kelly has served as the Spokesman for the State Department since May 2009. He is a Senior Foreign Service Officer, with the rank of Minister Counselor. Prior to that, Mr. Kelly was acting Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau for European and Eurasian Affairs from January to May 2009, with responsibility for Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, and Belarus, and the Director of the Office of Russian Affairs from 2007-2009.
From 2004-2007, he was Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Mission to NATO. From 1994-1996, Mr. Kelly was Director of Democratic Initiatives to the Newly Independent States at the State Department, coordinating the activities of nearly a dozen federal agencies involved in democracy building in the former Soviet Union. In addition to NATO, he has been posted overseas in Rome, Ankara, Vienna, Belgrade, Moscow, Leningrad, and Milan.
Mr. Kelly holds a Bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf College, a Masters degree from Northwestern University, and a Doctorate from Columbia University.
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The United States Mission to the OSCE consists of a multi-agency team with more than thirty staff members from the Department of State, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as well as the joint Congressional/Executive Branch Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (“Helsinki Commission”).
If confirmed, Mr. Kelly would succeed, Julie Finley, National Finance Co-Chairman for the Bush-Cheney 2004 who was appointed Permanent Representative to the OSCE from August 2005 – January 2009.
- WH Announcement via HuffPo (Text of official announcement seems to be currently MIA from the official WH website)