Thursday, October 29, 2015

New U.S. Ambassador to Tunisia Sworn In

On Thursday October 22, 2015, Ambassador Daniel H. Rubinstein was sworn in as the US Ambassador to Tunisia. The ceremony was officiated by Counselor Tom Shannon.

Ambassador Rubinstein is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service. Prior to this position, he served as the Department’s Special Envoy for Syria in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, a position he held from 2014 to 2015. Mr. Rubinstein is well-known for his extensive service throughout the Middle East and leadership in managing large, multi-agency posts. His broad overseas experience, service in key leadership positions in Washington, and work on highly-visible, complicated policy issues, including as Special Envoy for Syria, make him uniquely qualified to serve with distinction as U.S. Ambassador to Tunisia.

Previously, Mr. Rubinstein served in the Department as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Intelligence and Research (2012-2014). Prior to that, he was Consul General, U.S. Consulate General Jerusalem (2009-2012), Chief, Civilian Observer Unit, Multinational Force and Observers, Sinai, Egypt (2008-2009), and Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy Amman, Jordan (2005-2008).

He also served as Director, Office of Israel and Palestinian Affairs, Washington, D.C. (2004-2005), Science Counselor, U.S. Embassy Brasilia, Brazil (2002-2004), Economic Section Chief, U.S. Embassy Damascus, Syria (1999-2002), and Director, Arabic Field School, Foreign Service Institute, Tunis, Tunisia (1998-1999). His early assignments with the Department included serving as Economic Officer in the Office of Israel and Arab-Israeli Affairs, Economic/ Commercial Officer, U.S. Embassy Luanda, Angola, Foreign Affairs Economic Analyst in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, and as a Junior Officer at U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv, Israel.

Mr. Rubinstein earned a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1989 and has won numerous Department performance awards. His languages are Arabic, Portuguese, and Hebrew.

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