US Embassy Tripoli released a January 4 statement on the arrival of the new U.S. Chargé d’ Affaires to Libya:
William Roebuck has arrived in Tripoli as the U.S. Chargé d’ Affaires to Libya. *Chargé Roebuck will continue the work of Laurence Pope, who has served in that capacity since October 2011 following the death of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. Mr. Roebuck looks forward to working with the Libyan government and the Libyan people as we continue to build the relationship between our two countries during this historic time.
Mr. Roebuck joined the Foreign Service in 1992 and has held a wide variety of positions both in Washington and in the Middle East. He served as Political Officer in the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem (1995-1997), Staff Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs (1997-1998), Political Officer in the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv (2000-2003), Political Counselor and acting Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Damascus (2004-2007); Deputy Office Director for Arabian Peninsula Affairs (2007-2009), and Deputy Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad (2009-2010). Most recently, Mr. Roebuck served as Director for the Office of Maghreb Affairs.
Prior to joining the State Department, Mr. Roebuck served as a volunteer in the Peace Corps, teaching English in Cote d’Ivoire from 1978-1981. He also worked as an English teacher and school administrator at a Saudi military school in Taif, Saudi Arabia from 1982-1987. A graduate of Wake Forest University, Mr. Roebuck also holds a law degree from the University of Georgia. He speaks French and Arabic and is married with one son.
Mr. Roebuck did a university lecture on the Arab Spring in November 2011; below is a slightly expanded bio posted by the Middle Eastern and North African Student Association via FB:
William Roebuck became Director for the Office of Maghreb Affairs in the State Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs in September 2010. His office has been on the front lines, helping shape the U.S. government’s diplomatic response to the momentous developments known as the Arab Spring. He served as Deputy Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad from July 2009 to August 2010, covering Iraq’s external relations and leading the Embassy’s and the resident international community’s efforts to support the critical March 2009 Iraqi national elections. Roebuck served as the Deputy Office Director for Arabian Peninsula Affairs from 2007 to 2009, focusing on our relations with key Gulf allies such as Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar and counter-terrorism cooperation with Yemen. From 2004-2007, he served as the Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Damascus. In his last year of that assignment, Roebuck served as Deputy Chief of Mission. Prior to his assignment in Syria, he covered political issues in the Gaza Strip, while assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv from 2000 to 2003.
He narrowly survived an attempted assassination outside Gaza City in 2003. In preparation for his work in Gaza, Roebuck studied Arabic from 1998-2000 at the Foreign Service Institute in Washington and at the FSI branch language school in Tunis. He served in Washington as the staff assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs from 1997-98.
Updated @ 1/9 11:11 am: One of our readers (thanks Rodney!) note that the statement above on the date of Lawrence Pope’s assuming leadership after the death of Ambassador Stevens is incorrect. It should be October 2012, not 2011.