Obama names Stevens as US ambassador to Libya

January 27, 2012

US President Barack Obama has nominated John Christopher Stevens as US ambassador to Libya.

Stevens served as Special Representative to the Libyan Transitional National Council from March 2011 to November 2011. From 2007 to 2009, he served as the Deputy Chief of Mission in Tripoli, Libya.

From 2006 to 2007, he was a Pearson Fellow with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Previous overseas assignments have included postings as Deputy Principal Officer and Political Section Chief in Israel, Political Officer in Damascus, Consular/Political Officer in Cairo and Consular/Economic Officer in Riyadh.

In Washington, Stevens served as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs, Iran Desk Officer, and a Staff Assistant in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs.

Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Stevens was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco from 1983 to 1985. He holds a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, a J.D. from the University of California Hastings College of the Law, and an M.S. from the National War College.




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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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