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President Obama Nominates Amb. Jeffrey to Key U.S. Administration Post

Washington, DC | June 25, 2010
Ambassador Jeffrey (Photo: Hurriyet)

Ambassador Jeffrey

President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Ambassador James F. Jeffrey to serve as Ambassador to the Republic of Iraq, along with other key appointments.  President Obama said “I am grateful that these experienced men and women have agreed to serve in my administration as we work to meet our nation’s most pressing challenges. I look forward to working with them in the coming months and years.”    The U.S. Senate must now approve the President's nomination.

Biography:  James Franklin Jeffrey is a career member of the U.S. Foreign Service, grade of Career Minister. He began his current assignment as Ambassador to Turkey in November 2008.  Ambassador Jeffrey has previously served in Washington as Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Near Eastern Bureau, and Special Advisor to the Secretary of State for Iraq.  From 2004 to 2005, Mr. Jeffrey served in Baghdad as Deputy Chief of Mission and later Charge d’Affaires.  His previous assignments have involved the Balkans, as Ambassador to Albania and Deputy Special Representative for Bosnia Implementation, and Deputy Chief of Mission in both Turkey and Kuwait.  Ambassador Jeffrey earlier held a variety of assignments in Washington and abroad in the European and Near Eastern Bureaus, including postings in Munich, Adana, Ankara, Sofia, and Tunis.  Ambassador Jeffrey served in the US Army as an infantry branch officer from 1969 to 1976, with service in Germany and Vietnam. He has a B.A. from Northeastern University and a M.S.B.A. from Boston University.