— By Domani Spero
The U.S. Ambassador to Lao PDR Karen Stewart concluded her three-year assignment at the US Embassy in Vientiane in early August. She blogged her farewell and favorite Lao things here. Her Ask the Ambassador: Farewell Edition video is here. Her successor Ambassador-Designate Daniel A. Clune was confirmed by the Senate on August 1.
You might remember that Ambassador Stewart was also the chief of mission at the US Embassy in Minsk where embassy staffers were subjected to occasional aggressive surveillance. In 2008, she was “advised” to leave the country by Europe’s last dictator. Two years after that she got appointed to Lao PDR, another authoritarian state. A case of jumping from a hot frying fan to another.
Below are some of our favorite photos. (All photos from US Embassy Vientiane/Flickr):
- Officially In: Dan Clune – From HR/BEX to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (diplopundit.net)
- The history of Vientiane VS Vientiane (whatisabean.wordpress.com)
- Home Sweet Home (laosadventures1314.wordpress.com)
- Arrived in Vientiane, Laos! (adambailey.ca)