Officially In: Richard Norland – from National War College to Georgia

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On February 17, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Richard Norland to be the next Ambassador to Georgia. The WH released the following brief statement:

Ambassador Richard Norland, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, serves as the International Affairs Advisor and Deputy Commandant at the National War College.  From September 2007 to July 2010, he was U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Uzbekistan.  Prior to which, he served for two years as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.  Additional overseas assignments have included: Deputy Chief of Mission in Riga, Latvia; Diplomat with the U.S. Army Civil Affairs team in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan; Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Dublin; and Political Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.  He was Director for European Affairs on the National Security Council for two years during the Clinton and Bush administrations.

Ambassador Norland has a B.S. from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and master’s degrees from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and National War College.

A better outline of his previous assignments is here.  He served two years in Kabul and presumably a year in Mazar-e-Sharif.  Ambassador Norland speaks French, Russian, Norwegian and Latvian. He and his wife, Mary Hartnett, have two children.

If confirmed, Ambassador Norland would succeed career diplomat, John Bass who was appointed by President Obama to the US Embassy in Tbilisi in 2009. No political appointee has yet succeeded in getting appointed as US Ambassador to Georgia.


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One response

  1. We are delighted for having Ambassador Richard Norland being appointed by President Obama to this geopolitically very sensitive region as south Caucasia and in particularly my home country, Georgia is.
    With determined goal to build economically developed, free and opened society, Georgia, faces tremendous challenges, affected by external and internal political and economic factors. Our people do appreciate, though, US government and its diplomatic mission’s invaluable support in overcoming the difficulties my country would face on its way of steady growing democracy.
    With appreciation of Ambassador Richard Norland’s remarkable carier pass and aptitudes, we are confident, that newly appointed Ambassador will be a decent successor of Ambassador John Bass effective diplomacy and professionalism.
    From our side, we, Georgians, would be happy to extend all support needed for implementing the noble mission, Ambassador Norland will have to pursue with his new and challenging position.