Saturday, May 22, 2010

Officially In: Gerald Feierstein to Sana'a

صنعاء /Sana'a (Yemen)Image by eesti via Flickr
On May 7, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Gerald Feierstein to be Ambassador to the Republic of Yemen. The WH released the following brief bio:

Gerald Feierstein is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service. He currently serves as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad. He previously served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Coordinator and Deputy Assistant Coordinator of Programs in the Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism. His overseas assignments include Tunis, Riyadh, Peshawar, Muscat, Jerusalem and Beirut. Earlier, he served as Desk Office for Nepal, Pakistan and Egypt; Deputy Director in the Office of the Arabian Peninsula Affairs; Director of the Office of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh Affairs; and as Director of the Office of Regional Affairs in the Near East Bureau. Feierstein holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Point Park College and an M.A. in International Relations from Duquesne University.

If confirmed, this would be Mr. Feierstein's first ambassadorial post. He would succeed career diplomat, Stephen A. Seche who was appointed to the US Embassy in Sana'a in 2007. List of chiefs of mission to Yemen is here.

Related Item:
President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts, 5/7/10

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