Posted: 3:30 am ET
On February 8, the White House announced the nomination of career diplomat Jonathan Cohen to be Deputy Representative of the United States of America to the UN and Deputy Representative of the United States of America in the Security Council of the UN. The WH released the following brief bio:
Jonathan R. Cohen of California, to be Deputy Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations and Deputy Representative of the United States of America in the Security Council of the United Nations, with the Rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Representative of the United States of America to the Sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations, during his tenure of service as Deputy Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations. Mr. Cohen, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, has served as an American diplomat since 1986. He is currently Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, a position he has held since 2016. He also served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq (2014-2016), Acting Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, France (2013-2014), Minister Counselor for Political Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Paris (2011-2013) and Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Nicosia, Cyprus (2008-2011). He has served at Embassies or Consulates in Bangkok, Jerusalem, Vienna (OSCE), Stockholm, Ankara and Rome as well as in senior leadership positions at the Department of State. Mr. Cohen earned an A.B. at Princeton University. He also studied at Georgetown University and at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel. He speaks French, Swedish and Italian.
This is Mr. Cohen’s first ambassadorial appointment. A longer bio at state.gov has additional details that includes assignments during Operation Northern Watch, and at CPA during the Iraq War, and service at the Secretariat Staff/Advance Teams for Secretaries of State Baker, Eagleburger and Christopher from 1991-1993:
A Foreign Service Officer since 1986, other previous assignments include: Ankara as Political Advisor to Operation Northern Watch, and Embassy Iraq Specialist 2000-2004; Political Advisor to the Office of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance-North, Irbil, and member of the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) Governance Team, Baghdad, April-July 2003; Stockholm as Political Officer 1996-2000; Vienna as Liaison to the Hungarian Chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and Executive Assistant to the Head of the OSCE Bosnia Mission 1995-1996; State Department (Washington, DC) as OSCE Desk Officer/NATO Bosnia Officer 1993-1995, and on Secretariat Staff/Advance Teams for Secretaries of State Baker, Eagleburger and Christopher 1991-1993; Jerusalem as USAID Coordinator and Economic Officer for the West Bank 1989-1991; and Bangkok as Consular/Refugee Affairs Officer 1987-1989.
Met @brett_mcgurk and DAS Jonathan Cohen — discussed Erbil-Baghdad political differences; confidence building measures and important role KRG can play to advance regional stability. pic.twitter.com/3AvvG0bADU
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