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On May 18, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Anne S. Casper to be Ambassador to the Republic of Burundi. The WH released the following brief bio:
Anne S. Casper, a career member of the Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, serves as Senior Advisor in the Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications at the Department of State, a position she has held since 2015. Ms. Casper has served concurrently as Acting Director of Partnerships for the Department’s Global Engagement Center since April 2016. Ms. Casper was Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Public Affairs from 2014 to 2015, Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia from 2012 to 2014, and Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Kigali, Rwanda from 2009 to 2012. She was Public Affairs Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand from 2006 to 2009 and served as Arabic Media Liaison Officer in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs from 2002 to 2004. From 2001 to 2002, Ms. Casper was the Counterterrorism Policy Officer in the Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism. Since joining the Foreign Service in 1993, Ms. Casper has held positions at posts in Albania, Jerusalem, and Syria.
Ms. Casper received a B.A. from Tufts University, an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and an M.S. from the National War College.
Her state.gov bio includes additional details:
Anne Casper, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, joined the Public Affairs bureau as Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Media in July 2014. In this capacity, she oversees the Office of International Media Engagement, including the State Department’s six Regional Media Hubs; the Foreign Press Centers in Washington, DC and New York; and the Rapid Response Unit, which provides timely feedback to policymakers on global reporting of critical issues.
Ms. Casper served most recently as the U.S. Consul General in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and, prior to that, as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Rwanda. Previously, she held positions at U.S. Embassies in Thailand, Albania, Syria and Morocco and at the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem. In Washington, she served as a State Department liaison to the Arabic media as well as a counterterrorism policy officer, covering European and Middle Eastern issues, successively.
Ms. Casper holds a B.A. in anthropology (summa cum laude) from Tufts University, an M.A. from The Johns Hopkins University’s School for Advanced International Studies, and is a distinguished graduate of the National War College. She also studied in Cairo as a Center for Arabic Studies Abroad Fellow. She speaks Arabic and French and has studied the language and culture of every country in which she has served.
If confirmed, Ms. Casper would succeed career diplomat, Dawn Liberi, who was appointed chief of mission to the US Embassy in Bujumbura in July 2012.
As of this writing. the Certificates of Competency required under the Foreign Service Act of 1980 for submission to the SFRC and made available online by State/HR for every nominee since 2014 have yet to include the President’s nominees of May 18. Once the certificates are available, they will be posted here: http://www.state.gov/m/dghr/coc/index.htm.