Posted: 12:01 am EDT
Via @StateDept deputy spox:
“We are delighted to welcome back Ambassador Philip Reeker to Washington later this month. On March 18th, he will become the principal deputy assistant secretary and acting assistant secretary of the Department of State’s Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs. Now, Ambassador Reeker is a career Foreign Service officer who’s currently the civilian deputy commander at the U.S. European Command in Stuttgart. He’s previously served as the consul general in Milan; as the deputy assistant secretary for the Balkans, Central Europe, as well as Holocaust issues; as the United States ambassador to what is now North Macedonia; and – the only blight on his entire professional career – he was previously the department’s deputy spokesperson.”
Continuing tdy’s meetings w/ ambassador 🇺🇸 Philip #Reeker, on this occasion tgtr w/ my colleague DPM Kocho #Angjushev, exchanging views on the new political context of Republic of #NorthMacedonia 🇲🇰, and the economic perspectives of this political success pic.twitter.com/1K0UzLPdrv
— Bujar Osmani (@Bujar_O) March 4, 2019
Posted: 12:30 am EST
We’re late on this but apparently, Heather Nauert who was publicly announced as nominee to be the next U.N. Ambassador has withdrawn herself from consideration citing “the past two months” as “grueling” for her family. Her statement released with the State Department announcement on February 16 says that “it is in the best interest” of her family to withdraw.
Bloomberg News says “Trump’s pick for UN ambassador had employed a nanny who was in US legally but didn’t have a US work permit.”
Wait. When was this nanny hired? The spokesperson job does not require senate confirmation but like almost all jobs at the State Department, it requires a security clearance. So are they saying that the nanny issue, if that was the issue, did not come up during her initial vetting when she first came to State two years ago?
MSM is also reporting that Ms. Nauert is not expected to return to her State Department jobs. Until her announced nomination, she was the department spokesperson, and for a while, she was also the Acting Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, after the Senate-confirmed “R” Steve Goldstein was fired with Rex Tillerson. In August 2018, the State Department appointed career FSO Robert Palladino as deputy spokesperson. But to-date, no one has been announced to succeed her as spokesperson, and there’s not even an acting spokesperson.
In any case, the post of UN Ambassador is up for grabs again, and some names we’ve heard before, we are hearing once more. The Apprentice UN Edition is now on, people! So exciting dammit, I nearly micturated!
A side note —
At times, though not always, the State spokesperson is also dual-hatted as the Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs. The assistant secretary position used to be Senate-confirmed but P.L. 112-116, the Presidential Appointment Efficiency and Streamlining Act of 2011 (signed into law August 10, 2012), removed the requirement for Senate confirmation of Assistant Secretaries of State for Public Affairs.
Anyone remember why this was done?
You should know that on February 5, Secretary Pompeo delegated to Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Michelle Giuda the authorities of the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs (R). Her official title is “Senior Official for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs and Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Public Affairs.
It appears that the State Department is just going with “senior official” now and no longer even make use of the “acting” title for officials. It also appears that the State Department no longer adhere to the previous practice of only appointing Senate-confirmed officials in “acting” capacity (don’t remember senior officials as responsible for their bureaus prior to this administration). We should note that only one official at the “R” bureau has been confirmed by the Senate, that’s the Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs Marie Royce (and spouse of former HFAC chair Ed Royce).
Is this Pompeo’s version of Trump’s “I like acting. It gives me more flexibility.”
- Presidential Casting: Heather Nauert to the UN
- Heather Nauert Nomination: Reactions
- Heather Nauert: From Spox to Acting Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs .
- Heather Nauert: From Fox News Channel to State Department Spokesperson
BREAKING: Heather Nauert Withdraws Name from consideration to be US Ambassador to UN. Statement: pic.twitter.com/Qe36pCDTsT
— Joyce Karam (@Joyce_Karam) February 17, 2019
Former "Fox & Friends" host Heather Nauert withdrew from consideration for the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. post because she had a nanny without a proper work visa, according to people familiar with the process. https://t.co/dd0b8IECYc
— The New York Times (@nytimes) February 17, 2019
NEW ELEMENT: Nauert not expected to return to her job as State Dept spox either, sources tell me & @jamiegangel – note that in the Pompeo stmt he wishes her “nothing but the best in all of her future endeavors” https://t.co/ns12TwKkJR
— Kylie Atwood (@kylieatwood) February 17, 2019
— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) February 17, 2019
LATEST on who Trump’s considering for UN ambassador:
—Dina Powell, his former deputy national security adviser
—Kelly Craft, US ambassador to Canada
—John James, former US Senate candidate from Michigan
—Richard Grenell, US ambassador to Germany
per sources w/ direct knowledge.
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) February 18, 2019
Posted:1:22 pm EST
On February 7, Secretary Pompeo announced to State Department employees the appointment of Lea Gabrielle, a former Fox News correspondent and U.S. Navy vet to be Special Envoy and Coordinator of the Global Engagement Center (GEC). The State Department’s deputy spox also announced the appointment publicly. The Global Engagement Center is charged with leading the U.S. government’s efforts to counter propaganda and disinformation from international terrorist organizations and foreign countries. Its work is focused around four core areas: science and technology, interagency engagement, partner engagement, and content production.
Secretary’s Pompeo’s announcement says that “Lea’s background makes her an outstanding choice for this role. She is a former CIA-trained Human Intelligence Operations Officer, Defense Foreign Liaison Officer, U.S. Navy Program Director, Navy F/A-18C Fighter Pilot, andnational television news correspondent and anchor. She directed and conducted global clandestine strategic intelligence collection operations. She also deployed in tactical anti-terrorist operations in hostile environments with Naval Special Warfare (SEALs).”
Secretary Pompeo closes his announcement with “The fight against propaganda and disinformation is one we must win. Under Lea’s visionary leadership, America will be better protected from those who would turn hearts and minds against us.”
Pompeo also thanked the Acting-GEC Coordinator Daniel Kimmage “for his steady leadership the past two years.” Mr. Kimmage has been Acting Special Envoy and Coordinator for the Global Engagement Center at the Department of State since January 20, 2017. Before assuming his GEC role, he served in a number of State Department positions, including covering counterterrorism issues for the Office of Policy Planning and as the Principal Deputy Coordinator of the Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications (CSCC). He also previously published reports on extremist media strategies including Iraqi Insurgent Media: The War of Images and Ideas, The Al-Qaeda Media Nexus, and Al-Qaeda Central and the Internet. Mr. Kimmage is fluent in Russian and Arabic.
The new GEC was previously the Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications (CSCC), a stand-alone office reporting to the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs (R). It was expanded to include a new counter-ISIL cell to the Center’s operation. Following the departure of Ambassador Alberto Fernandez, who served from 2012-2015, the State Department appointed Rashad Hussain as Special Envoy and Coordinator for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications in February 2015. In January 2016, the State Department announced the appointment of Michael D. Lumpkin as Special Envoy and Coordinator of the Global Engagement Center to lead a new interagency effort that leverages the private sector and new data analytics tools to disrupt extremist violent propaganda.
.@StateDeputySpox: I am pleased to announce that Lea Gabrielle will be our new Special Envoy and Coordinator of the Global Engagement Center. Lea will provide the permanent leadership we have needed to bolster the GEC’s operations. pic.twitter.com/Pfer5QmNKM
— Department of State (@StateDept) February 7, 2019
Pleased to introduce Lea Gabrielle as the Special Envoy & Coordinator of the Global Engagement Center. As a former Intel Operations Officer, F-18 fighter pilot & TV correspondent, Lea will lead USG efforts against disinformation & those who would undermine our national security. pic.twitter.com/V0KNZ7a1GM
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) February 7, 2019
First in FP: State Dept taps former Fox News reporter Lea Gabrielle to lead counterpropaganda unit beset by funding and leadership problems. https://t.co/08kjBtsZ7Y
— Elias Groll (@EliasGroll) February 7, 2019
Former Fox News correspondent Lea Gabrielle to lead State Department’s counter-propaganda office https://t.co/EU7zWVJpqH
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) February 7, 2019
Lea Gabrielle, who joined Fox News in 2013 will be the new head of the Global Engagement Center, an agency that works to counter disinformation from Russia and other countries. https://t.co/Ppd3JxvS3p
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) February 8, 2019
— Neil Cavuto (@TeamCavuto) December 8, 2017
- Another Coordinator Gone, What’s Next For the Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications?
- @StateDept Gears Up For Counterterrorism Messaging in the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa
- CSCC: Think Again. Or #StepAwayFromTheTweets Sez El Snarkistani (Updated)
- @StateDept Announces Michael D. Lumpkin as Head of New Global Engagement Center).
Posted: 3:35 am EST
On January 25, Secretary Pompeo announced that he was “incredibly excited” that Elliot Abrams “a seasoned, principled, and tough-minded foreign policy veteran is joining our State Department team.” Pompeo cited Abrams’ work during the Reagan years as “former assistant secretary of state for human rights and humanitarian affairs and as assistant secretary for inter-American affairs.” He also cited Abrams service under President George W. Bush where the new special envoy previously “served on the National Security Council as the senior director for democracy, human rights, and international affairs; senior director for North African and Near East affairs; and deputy national security adviser for global democracy strategy.”
Pompeo told reporters that “Elliott will be a true asset to our mission to help the Venezuelan people fully restore democracy and prosperity to their country.”
Left unmentioned was Independent Counsel Lawrence Walsh’s Iran/Contra report which notes that Elliott Abrams — “Pleaded guilty October 7, 1991, to two misdemeanor charges of withholding information from Congress about secret government efforts to support the Nicaraguan contra rebels during a ban on such aid. U.S. District Chief Judge Aubrey E. Robinson, Jr., sentenced Abrams November 15, 1991, to two years probation and 100 hours community service. Abrams was pardoned December 24, 1992.” (see Summary of Prosecutions xxiii and Chapter 25 U.S. v. Elliott Abrams 375).
Meanwhile, National Security Adviser John Bolton, also could not contain his excitement, tweeting: “Pleased to hear that my good friend Elliott Abrams is rejoining State as Special Envoy for Venezuela. Welcome back to the fight.”
On January 27, Secretary Pompeo also issued the following statement on the appointment of Carlos Alfredo Vecchio as the Chargé d’Affaires of the Government of Venezuela to the United States:
The United States accepted interim President Juan Guaido’s designation of Carlos Alfredo Vecchio as the Chargé d’Affaires of the Government of Venezuela to the United States on January 25. Mr. Vecchio will have authority over diplomatic affairs in the United States on behalf of Venezuela.
After his accreditation, Mr. Vecchio met with Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale, who reaffirmed the United States’ strong support for interim President Guaido’s leadership of Venezuela. The United States looks forward to working with Mr. Vecchio and other diplomatic staff as designated by interim President Guaido.
.@SecPompeo announced today that Elliott Abrams will lead @StateDept efforts on #Venezuela to help the Venezuelan people fully restore democracy and prosperity to their country. #EstamosUnidosVE pic.twitter.com/iUFHnRhi8x
— Department of State (@StateDept) January 25, 2019
Elliott Abrams, a controversial neoconservative figure who was entangled in the Iran-Contra affair, has been named as a Trump administration special envoy overseeing policy toward Venezuela https://t.co/ZNJpYC6DGT
— POLITICO (@politico) January 26, 2019
Pompeo has announced Elliott Abrams, a former Reagan official who pleaded guilty to withholding information from Congress during the Iran-Contra scandal, will serve as the Trump administration's special envoy to Venezuela https://t.co/okwKrUpRcc
— Axios (@axios) January 26, 2019
Elliott Abrams, Iran-Contra convict, named special envoy to Venezuela https://t.co/ChJ98q79vg
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) January 25, 2019
And here is a blast from the past, a 1995 video from a Rose show of Friday 03/31/1995 with then Representative Robert Torricelli, former Assistant Secretary of State Elliott Abrams, and journalist Allan Nairn discuss the potentially illegal intervention in the Guatemalan military:
True then, and just as true now. Appointment of Elliot Abrams for Venezuela made us dig through Independent Counsel Walsh Iran/Contra Report from 1993https://t.co/fAL0orr9fb
— Diplopundit (@Diplopundit) January 28, 2019
On December 7, President Trump announced via tweet his intent to nominate State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert to be the next Ambassador to the United Nations. Ms. Nauert was previously a news correspondent and a Fox & Friends presenter prior to her appointment in Foggy Bottom. If confirmed, Ms. Nauert would replace Ambassador Nikki Haley who is expected to step down at the end of 2018. There is word that this position will once more be downgraded to a non-cabinet post after Haley’s departure.
The U.S. Mission to the United Nations was formally established by E.O. 9844 of April 28, 1947. The Chief of Mission has the title of Representative of the U.S.A. to the United Nations, with the rank and status of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, and Representative of the U.S.A. in the Security Council of the United Nations.
As Secretary of State, Stettinius accompanied President Roosevelt to the Yalta Conference in February of 1945, where they met with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin to discuss issues such as the Pacific War with Japan, the future political status of Eastern Europe, and what should be done with Germany following its surrender. Stettinius also chaired the United States delegation to the United Nations Conference, held in San Francisco from April 25 to June 26, 1945, which brought together delegates from 50 Allied nations to create the United Nations. He resigned his position as Secretary of State on June 27, 1945, to become the first U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, a post which he held until resigning in June 1946 over what he saw as President Truman’s refusal to use the United Nations forum to resolve growing Soviet-American tensions.
Prior appointees to this position include Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. (1953–1960), a former senator and nominee for Vice President. He went on to four ambassadorial appointments and as personal representative of the president to the Holy See after his UN tenure. Former President George Herbert Walker Bush served as Representative of the U.S.A. to the United Nations from 1971 to 1973.
Career diplomat Charles Woodruff Yost (1969–1971) was a three-time ambassador with a personal rank of Career Ambassador prior to his UN appointment. Career diplomat Thomas Reeve Pickering (1989–1992) was a four-time ambassador, and assistant secretary of state with a personal rank of Career Ambassador prior to his appointment to the UN. John Dimitri Negroponte (2001–2004), a career diplomat served as an assistant secretary and was confirmed three times previously as ambassador prior to his appointment to the UN.
Madeleine Korbel Albright (1993–1997), the first woman Secretary of State previously served as chief legislative assistant to Senator Edmund Muskie (D-Me) from 1976 to 1978. From 1978 to 1981, she served as a staff member in the White House under President Jimmy Carter and on the National Security Council under National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski. Richard Charles Albert Holbrooke (1999–2001) served twice as assistant secretary of state and was an ambassador prior to his UN appointment.
Folks are up in arms with this appointment for good reasons. Sometimes — when the U.S. Senate actually takes seriously its exclusive right under Article II, Section 2 “to provide advice and consent” to the president on nominations — things do work out for the best and save us some embarrassment (remember the “tråkket i salaten”?). Other times, it doesn’t, unfortunately. But here’s the thing: this nominee is from presidential central casting; unless Trump changes his mind, this nomination is going forward. Also come January, there is an an enlarged Republican majority in the U.S. Senate. It is likely that that she will get some hot grilling in the Senate from the Democratic side and the GOP will attempt to show some …um, equal fire in the process. But it would take GOP senators to sink this nomination. And that’s probably not going to happen.
During Tillerson’s brief tenure at the State Department, there was quite a shock when a large number of offices at the top of the State Department were left empty. We’re not sure if that was intentional (so control remains with the Secretary’s inner circle absent the presidential appointees), or if this was because Tillerson and the White House could not agree on the same nominees for these offices. In some cases there were career diplomats appointed in acting capacities, in others, there were only senior bureau officials. We’re almost at the two year mark of this administration, and the State Department is already on its second secretary of state in a four year term, so we’ve decided to take a look at the geographic bureau appointments. For non-State readers, note that embassies do not report directly to the secretary of state, just as ambassadors do not report directly to the White House; they report through the geographic bureaus. Of course, these days, the traditional reporting structure seems to be breaking apart (which invite chaos), but the staffing is worth taking a look nonetheless.
According to AFSA’s appointment tracker, out of 49 total appointments at the top ranks of the State Department right now, only five are career appointees. The five appointments include three active Foreign Service officers, U/S Political Affairs David Hale (confirmed), Carol Z. Perez as DGHR (nominated, pending confirmation) and USAID’s Michael T. Harvey as Assistant Administrator, Middle East (nominated, pending confirmation). The other two are recalled retired FSOs Tibor Nagy, Jr. for African Affairs (confirmed), and Ronald Mortensen for Population, Refugees and Migration (nominated, pending confirmation). There are also two previous members of the Foreign Service (Diplomatic Security’s Michael Evanoff and Consular Affairs’ Carl Risch) who were two of Trump’s earliest appointees but are considered political appointees.
Going back to 1960, the European and Eurasian Affairs (70.6%), Near Eastern Affairs (85.7%), and African Affairs (53.8%) have the highest numbers of career appointees at the assistant secretary level. The largest number of noncareer appointees in the geographic bureaus are in International Organizational Affairs (23.1%) followed by East Asian And Pacific Affairs (42.9%). South and Central Asian Affairs (50.0%) and Western Hemisphere Affairs (50.0%) are split in the middle between career and noncareer appointees.
During Obama’s first term, the assistant secretary appointments at the regional bureaus was 57% noncareer and 42% career. On his second term, this flipped with career appointees leading four of the seven bureaus.
George W. Bush made a total of 19 appointments (career-8; noncareer-11) in the geographic bureaus during his two terms in office. This translates to 57.8% noncareer and 42.1% career appointments.
Right now, Trump’s overall State Department appointments are 89.8% noncareer and only 10.2% career appointees. His career appointments in the geographic bureaus is currently at 1 out of 7. We do need to point out that with the exception of African Affairs (AF) where the appointee is a recalled retired FSO, there are no active service diplomats tasked with leading a geographic bureau in Foggy Bottom. It is possible that this Administration will bring in a career diplomat to head the South and Central Asian Affairs (SCA) bureau, but then again, if they have not found one before now, who’s to say that they will ever find a career diplomat that they like enough to nominate in the next two years?
Of course, everything’s fine. It’s not like we have an ongoing war in Afghanistan, yeah?
Below is the staffing/vacancy status of assistant secretaries at the geographic bureaus as of this writing.
CURRENT Assistant Secretary: Tibor P. Nagy, Jr. (2018-
- Linda Thomas-Greenfield (2013-2017) Career (Obama)
- Johnnie Carson (2009–2013) Career (Obama)
- Jendayi Elizabeth Frazer (2005–2009) NonCareer (GWBush)
- Constance Berry Newman (2004–2005) NonCareer (GWBush)
- Walter Kansteiner (2001–2003) NonCareer (GWBush)
- Susan Rice (1997–2001) NonCareer (Clinton)
- George Edward Moose (1993–1997) Career (Clinton)
- Herman Jay Cohen (1989–1993) Career (GHWBush)
- Chester A. Crocker (1981–1989) NonCareer (Reagan)
- Richard Menifee Moose (1977–1981) NonCareer (Carter)
East Asian and Pacific Affairs (EAP): Click here for the countries covered by the bureau. Department website notes that “The Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, headed by Senior Bureau Official W. Patrick Murphy deals with U.S. foreign policy and U.S. relations with the countries in the Asia-Pacific region.”
CURRENT: No Acting Assistant Secretary
NOMINATED: David Stilwell (NonCareer/Pending at SFRC)
- Daniel R. Russel (2013-2017) Career (Obama)
- Kurt M. Campbell (2009–2013) NonCareer (Obama)
- Christopher Robert Hill (2005–2009) Career (GWBush)
- James Andrew Kelly (2001–2005) NonCareer (GWBush)
- Stanley Owen Roth (1997–2001) NonCareer (Clinton)
- Winston Lord (1993–1997) NonCareer (Clinton) (Note: listed as “career” by history.state.gov but is a noncareer appointee; he joined the FS in 1961 and left in 1967; PDF))
- William Clark Jr. (1992–1993) Career (GHWBush)
- Richard H. Solomon (1989–1992) NonCareer (Reagan)
- Gaston Joseph Sigur Jr. (1986–1989) NonCareer (Reagan)
- Paul Dundes Wolfowitz (1982–1986) NonCareer (Reagan)
European and Eurasian Affairs (EUR): The Department of State established the position of Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs in 1949. The name changed to the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs on August 8, 2001. The bureau covers these countries.
- Victoria Nuland (2013–2017) Career (Obama)
- Philip H. Gordon (2009–2013) NonCareer (Obama)
- Daniel Fried (2005–2009) Career (GWBush)
- A. Elizabeth Jones (2001–2005) Career (GWBush)
- James F. Dobbins (2001) Career (Clinton)
- Marc Isaiah Grossman (1997–2000) Career (Clinton)
- John Christian Kornblum (1996–1997) Career (Clinton)
- Richard Charles Albert Holbrooke (1994–1996) NonCareer (Clinton)
- Stephen A. Oxman (1993–1994) NonCareer (Clinton)
- Thomas Michael Tolliver Niles (1991–1993) Career (Clinton)
Near Eastern Affairs (NEA): The Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (NEA) deals with U.S. foreign policy and U.S. diplomatic relations with Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. Regional policy issues that NEA handles include Iraq, Middle East peace, terrorism and weapons of mass destruction, and political and economic reform
CURRENT: Acting Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs
David M. Satterfield (Career FSO)
NOMINATED David Schenker
(NonCareer/Pending at SFRC since 4/2018)
- Anne Woods Patterson (2013–2017) Career (Obama)
- Jeffrey David Feltman (2009–2012) Career (Obama)
- C. David Welch (2005–2008) Career (GWBush)
- William Joseph Burns (2001–2005) Career (GWBush)
- Edward S. Walker Jr. (2000–2001) Career (Clinton)
- Martin S. Indyk (1997–1999) NonCareer (Clinton)
- Robert Halsey Pelletreau Jr. (1994–1997) Career (Clinton)
- Edward Peter Djerejian (1991–1993) Career (Clinton)
- John Hubert Kelly (1989–1991) Career (GHWBush)
- Richard William Murphy (1983–1989) Career (GHWBush)
South and Central Asian Affairs (SCA): The Bureau of South Asian Affairs was established Aug 24, 1992, and is responsible for relations with India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Afghanistan, and the Maldive Islands. It has since expanded to cover these countries.
CURRENT: No Acting Assistant Secretary
NO NOMINEE ANNOUNCED
- Nisha Desai Biswal (2014–2017) NonCareer (Obama)
- Robert Orris Blake Jr. (2009–2013) Career (Obama)
- Richard A. Boucher (2006–2009) Career (GWBush)
- Christina B. Rocca (2001–2006) NonCareer (GWBush)
- Karl Frederick Inderfurth (1997–2001) NonCareer (Clinton)
- Robin Lynn Raphel (1993–1997) Career (Clinton)
Western Hemisphere Affairs (WHA): On January 12, 1999, the Bureau assumed responsibility for Canada and was renamed the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs. The Department of State had first established a Division of Latin American Affairs in 1909. The bureau covers these countries.
CURRENT Assistant Secretary: Kimberly Breier (2018-)
- Roberta S. Jacobson (2012–2016) NonCareer (CS) (Obama)
- Arturo Valenzuela (2009–2011) NonCareer (Obama)
- Thomas Alfred Shannon Jr. (2005–2009) Career (GWBush)
- Roger Francisco Noriega (2003–2005) NonCareer (GWBush)
- Otto Juan Reich (2002) NonCareer (GWBush)
- Peter F. Romero (2001) Career (GWBush)
- Jeffrey S. Davidow (1996–1998) Career (Clinton)
- Alexander Fletcher Watson (1993–1996) Career (Clinton)
- Bernard William Aronson (1989–1993) NonCareer (HWBush)
- Elliott Abrams (1985–1989) NonCareer (Reagan)
International Organization Affairs (IO): The Department of State created the position of Assistant Secretary of State for United Nations Affairs in February 1949, using one of the six Assistant secretary positions originally authorized by Congress in 1944 (Dec 8, 1944; P.L. 78-472; 58 Stat. 798). On June 24, 1949, Secretary of State Dean Acheson established the Bureau of International Organization Affairs (IO) as part of the U.S. effort to meet the needs of post-World War II diplomacy. IO is the U.S. Government’s primary interlocutor with the United Nations and a host of international agencies and organizations.
CURRENT Assistant Secretary: Kevin Edward Moley (2018-)
- Bathsheba Nell Crocker (2014–2017) NonCareer (Obama)
- Esther Brimmer (2009–2013) NonCareer (Obama)
- Brian H. Hook (2008–2009) NonCareer (GWBush)
- Kristen Silverberg (2005–2008) NonCareer (GWBush)
- Kim R. Holmes (2002–2005) NonCareer (GWBush)
- C. David Welch (1998–2001) Career (Clinton)
- Princeton Nathan Lyman (1997–1998) Career (Clinton)
- Douglas Joseph Bennet Jr. (1993–1995) NonCareer (Clinton)
- John R. Bolton (1989–1993) NonCareer (GHWBush)
- Richard Salisbury Williamson (1988–1989) NonCareer (Reagan)
On October 23, Secretary Pompeo appointed Career Ambassador Daniel Smith as the new Director of the Foreign Service Institute. He was recently the Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research (INR). This past summer, he was one of four career diplomats nominated by Trump and subsequently confirmed by the U.S. Senate for the personal rank of Career Ambassador. This FSI appointment does not require a Senate confirmation.
In the waning days of Tillerson’s Redesign Project, Ambassador Smith was also assigned as the lead of the “Impact Initiative.” He was widely rumored as the next Director General of the Foreign Service but in late July, the WH announced the president’s intent to nominate career diplomat Carol Z. Perez of Virginia, to be the next Director General of the Foreign Service.
Below is a brief bio of Ambassador Smith (via state.gov):
Daniel B. Smith was appointed as Director of the Foreign Service Institute on October 23, 2018. In this capacity, he serves as the Chief Learning Officer for the Department of State and the federal foreign affairs community.
A member of the Senior Foreign Service, Ambassador Smith holds the Department’s highest diplomatic rank of Career Ambassador. Ambassador Smith served most recently as Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research from 2013 to 2018 and as Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic from 2010 to 2013. Previously, he served as Executive Secretary of the State Department, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs, and Deputy Executive Secretary. In addition to Greece, his overseas service includes tours in Bern, Istanbul, Ottawa, and Stockholm. He also taught Political Science at the U.S. Air Force Academy.
Ambassador Smith is a recipient of the Arnold L. Raphel Memorial Award, the Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award, a Presidential Distinguished Service Award, and several Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards.
Ambassador Smith received his Ph.D. and M.A. from Stanford University, and his B.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder. His foreign languages are German, Turkish, and Swedish.
As of this writing, the highest ranking officers of the Foreign Service with the exception of David Hale (P) are out of Foggy Bottom (Goldberg in Cuba, Sison in Haiti, and Smith at FSI). With one of only four Foreign Service’s equivalent to a four-star general heading to FSI, one wonders if Pompeo is out to elevate FSI and training to the same level as the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) headed by Army four-star Gen Stephen J. Townsend. If yes, that’s great. If not, then not so great because you know what that means.
For now, nothing in Ambassador’s Smith’s blogpost Up To the Task of Preparing Our Foreign Affairs Professionals indicate forthcoming changes in Foreign Service training.
— Department of State (@StateDept) October 23, 2018
— Department of State (@StateDept) October 26, 2018
Amb. Smith: As the 21st Director of @FSIatState, I want to make @FSIatState even stronger — that means delivering the best possible training to all @StateDept employees, whether Foreign Service, Civil Service, Locally Employed Staff, or non-career, & employees of other agencies. pic.twitter.com/aUiPppNB87
— Department of State (@StateDept) October 26, 2018
“I look forward to joining the outstanding professionals at FSI & working w/ them to ensure we provide the best possible support for @StateDept's critical mission to advance our nation’s interests & represent the American people abroad.” -Amb. Dan Smith https://t.co/kGmMF3lB8I pic.twitter.com/DGjKI0XoiG
— Foreign Service Institute (@FSIatState) October 25, 2018
Amb. Tina Kaidanow, acting assistant secretary of state for political-military affairs, is retiring from the foreign service to take up a new job at the Pentagon as the next director of international cooperation. @AaronMehta has the story: https://t.co/v8YVulxoEF
— Robbie Gramer (@RobbieGramer) September 6, 2018
In Push For Arms Exports, Top State Official Moves To DoD https://t.co/LDK8jUyRfx
— Breaking Defense (@BreakingDefense) September 5, 2018
The U.S. was responsible for 34 percent of the entire world’s arms exports from 2013 to 2017. https://t.co/drAzzg6VeG
— The Intercept (@theintercept) March 15, 2018
— Reuters Politics (@ReutersPolitics) April 17, 2018
The U.S. and Russia are the world's largest weapons dealers. I mapped the flows of arms exports leaving the U.S. and USSR/Russia from 1950 to 2017. Full video (with audio) available here: https://t.co/1Yg1mTA8uV pic.twitter.com/OQM6Q9CGdL
— Will Geary (@wgeary) August 27, 2018