Officially In: Kenneth J. Fairfax to Astana

Astana in KazakhstanImage via WikipediaOn March 29, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Kenneth J. Fairfax to be Ambassador to the Republic of Kazakhstan. The WH released the following brief bio:

Kenneth Fairfax is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service and currently serves as the Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs at the American Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq.   Prior to this assignment, Mr. Fairfax served as Principal Officer and Consul General at the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City, a position he has also held at the U.S. Consulate General in Krakow.  Prior to that, he served as Counselor for Economic Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv.  His other overseas assignments include Vancouver, British Columbia, Seoul and Pusan, Korea.  He began his Foreign Service career in 1987 as an Economics and Commercial Officer at Embassy Muscat. Mr. Fairfax has also served as the Director for both Nuclear Materials Security and Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia Affairs at the National Security Council. 

Prior to joining the State Department, Mr. Fairfax worked as an economic consultant and in the computer industry in the San Francisco Bay Area.  He holds a B.A. with High Honors from Oberlin College.  

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