— Domani Spero Follow @Diplopundit
Phillip Assis, the Cultural Affairs Officer at the U.S. Consulate in Karachi performed with the other semifinalists during the Pakistan Idol semifinals last month. See U.S. Diplomat Becoming Something Of A Celebrity In Pakistan.
Prior to joining the Foreign Service, @PhillipAssis spent two years as a Rural Development Agent in Togo with the Peace Corps. Phillip has also worked at the US Energy Association and the World Bank. According to the SAIS Observer, he spent his first tour in the Foreign Service in Guyana, where he met his husband. From there, he was moved to Vatican City and is now the CAO at the U.S. Consulate General in Karachi, Pakistan. His next tour will be back in Washington, DC.
He is trained in piano, sax, flute, and vocals, sung at Capitol Hill jazz clubs for years, and released his first album, “Since I Fell for You” on iTunes in 2006 (The album is under the name Phillip Nelson).
Assis just recorded two music videos with embassy support on property rights and peace. “Aman Ao Mina” (“Love and Peace”) is currently a popular song on the radio and music TV stations in Karachi.
In 2012, we featured FSO Shayna Cram in this blog singing ‘Girl’ in Pakistan (see Reaching Across the Airwaves, FSO Shayna Cram Sings in Pashto:
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- Violence continues in Karachi as two more killed (thenewstribe.com)
- Polio virus found in Lahore, Karachi sewage samples (dawn.com)
- FBI agent ‘arrested in Pakistan for trying to bring bullets on plane’ (telegraph.co.uk)
- Another polio case surfaces in Karachi (thenewstribe.com)
- MQM warns of Karachi lockdown if Altaf not issued NICOP, passport (dawn.com)
- FBI official did not have immunity: Pakistan (thehindu.com)
- US Consulate organizes workshop on women and sports (nation.com.pk)
- American Idol Semifinalists: Five Are Alive (thehollywoodgossip.com)