Anne W. Patterson

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Anne W. Patterson
Anne W Patterson ambassador 2011.jpg
Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs
Incumbent
Assumed office
December 23, 2013[1]
President Barack Obama
Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton
Preceded by Jeffrey D. Feltman
United States Ambassador to Egypt
In office
August 1, 2011 – August 31, 2013[2]
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Margaret Scobey
Succeeded by Robert Stephen Beecroft
United States Ambassador to Pakistan
In office
July 31, 2007 – October 5, 2010[3]
President George W. Bush
Barack Obama
Preceded by Ryan Crocker
Succeeded by Cameron Munter
United States Ambassador to the United Nations
In office
Acting
January 20, 2005 – August 1, 2005
President George W. Bush
Secretary-General Kofi Annan
Preceded by John Danforth
Succeeded by John R. Bolton
United States Ambassador to Colombia
In office
August 24, 2000 – June 11, 2003
President Bill Clinton
George W. Bush
Preceded by Curtis W. Kamman
Succeeded by William Braucher Wood
United States Ambassador to El Salvador
In office
May 16, 1997 – July 15, 2000
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by Alan H. Flanigan
Succeeded by Rose M. Likins
Personal details
Born 1949
Fort Smith, Arkansas
Spouse(s) David R. Patterson
Alma mater The Hockaday School
Wellesley College
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Profession Diplomat, Career Ambassador

Anne Woods Patterson (born 1949) is an American diplomat and career Foreign Service Officer. She currently serves as the Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs. She previously served as United States Ambassador to Egypt until 2013 and as United States Ambassador to Pakistan from July 2007 to October 2010.[1]

Biography[edit]

Patterson was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas. She attended The Hockaday School in Dallas, Texas. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Wellesley College and attended graduate school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for one year. Patterson is married to David R. Patterson, a retired Foreign Service officer. The couple have two children.[4]

Career[edit]

Patterson entered the Foreign Service in 1973.[4]

She served as a US State Department Economic Officer and Counselor to Saudi Arabia from 1984 to 1988 and then as a Political Counselor at the United States Mission to the United Nations in Geneva from 1988 to 1991.[4]

Patterson served as State Department Director for the Andean Countries from 1991 to 1993. She served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Inter-American Affairs from 1993 to 1996.[4]

Patterson with Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani

Patterson served as United States Ambassador to El Salvador from 1997 to 2000, and then as United States Ambassador to Colombia from 2000 to 2003.[4] While ambassador to Colombia, Patterson and U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone were the alleged targets of a failed bomb plot while on an official visit to the Colombian town of Barrancabermeja.[5] From 2003 to 2004 Patterson served as Deputy Inspector General of the US State Department.[4]

In August 2004, Patterson was appointed Deputy U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations. Patterson became acting Permanent Representative to the United Nations after John Danforth resigned, effective January 20, 2005. An extended delay in the confirmation of John R. Bolton by the Senate (ending when Bolton assumed the position on August 1, 2005, after a recess appointment) caused Patterson to serve as interim permanent representative longer than expected.[6]

Patterson became Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs on November 28, 2005, serving until May 2007. President George W. Bush appointed Patterson as the United States Ambassador to Pakistan after Ryan Crocker left that post to become Ambassador to Iraq. She served in Pakistan between July 2007 and October 2010.[3]

In May 2011 U.S. President Obama nominated Patterson to be the U.S. Ambassador to Egypt.[7] On June 30, 2011, the United States Senate confirmed Patterson by unanimous consent to be the United States Ambassador to Egypt.[8]

During the protests that ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi from power on July 3, 2013 Patterson was singled out specially by the protesters for being too close to Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood.[9]

On August 1, 2013, Patterson was nominated to serve as the assistant secretary of state in the State Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, which oversees the Middle East. Secretary of State John Kerry has recommended that Robert S. Ford serve as the next American ambassador to Egypt.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Biography provided at the US Dept. of State website". Retrieved 24 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "American Ambassadors to Egypt". Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "List of former US ambassadors to Pakistan, provided at the embassy's website". Retrieved 24 August 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Biography at AllGov.com". Retrieved 24 August 2013. 
  5. ^ Selsky, Andrew (1 Dec 2000). "Colombian police find bomb on road". Bangor Daily News/Associated Press (Bangor, ME). 
  6. ^ "U.S. Ambassador Anne Patterson Honored In The U.S. Senate". 5 March 2010. Retrieved 24 August 2013. 
  7. ^ Politico staff (20 May 2011). "Obama picks new Egypt envoy". Retrieved 24 August 2013. 
  8. ^ List of confirmations for June 30, 2011, Congressional Record (Washington, DC), 30 June 2011, retrieved 24 August 2013 
  9. ^ Landler, Mark (3 July 2013), Ambassador Becomes Focus of Egyptians’ Mistrust of U.S., The New York Times (New York, NY), retrieved 24 August 2013 
  10. ^ Gordon, Michael R. (4 August 2013). "Former Envoy to Syria Said to Be Choice for Cairo Post". The New York Times (New York, NY). Retrieved 24 August 2013. 
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Alan H. Flanigan
United States Ambassador to El Salvador
1997 – 2000
Succeeded by
Rose M. Likins
Preceded by
Curtis W. Kamman
United States Ambassador to Colombia
2000 – 2003
Succeeded by
William B. Wood
Preceded by
John Danforth
Acting United States Ambassador to the United Nations
2005
Succeeded by
John R. Bolton
Preceded by
Ryan Crocker
United States Ambassador to Pakistan
2007 – 2010
Succeeded by
Cameron Munter
Preceded by
Margaret Scobey
United States Ambassador to Egypt
2011 – present
Succeeded by
incumbent
Government offices
Preceded by
Robert B. Charles
Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
2005 – 2007
Succeeded by
David T. Johnson