Friday, June 5, 2009

Officially In: Carlos Pascual to Mexico City

On June 4th, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Carlos Pascual to be Ambassador to Mexico. Official bio released by the WH below:

Mr. Carlos Pascual is vice president and director of the Foreign Policy Program at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC where he has overseen applied research programs on Latin America, China, Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Mr. Pascual directed a major global initiative on transnational threats, developing proposals to build a new alignment of global powers that would increase responsibility and accountability for emerging economies in international security and multilateral bodies. Before joining Brookings, he was a career Foreign Service Officer, serving in government for 23 years. Mr. Pascual served as the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization at the US Department of State. Prior to that, he was the Coordinator for US Assistance to Europe and Eurasia. Mr. Pascual served as U.S. ambassador to Ukraine from October 2000 until August 2003. He formerly served as a special assistant to President Clinton and National Security Council senior director for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia. Mr. Pascual was Deputy Assistant Administrator in USAID for Europe and Eurasia, guiding the development of programs in Central Europe and the former Soviet Union. He served with USAID in Sudan, South Africa and Mozambique. He received an M.P.P. from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a B.A. from Stanford University.

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“Pascual has ties to several members of the Obama administration from his time at Brookings and in the Clinton administration. He worked at Brookings with U.N. Ambassador Susan E. Rice, who has also studied failed states. He served on the National Security Council with Philip Gordon, President Barack Obama’s nominee for assistant secretary of State for Europe and Eurasian Affairs.”

If confirmed, Mr. Pascual would replace Tony Garza, Jr. who was appointed US Ambassador to Mexico by President Bush from 2002-2009.

Related Item: President Obama Announces Intent to Nominate Key Administration Posts, 6-4-09

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