United States Ambassador to Kazakhstan

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Ambassador of the United States to Kazakhstan
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Incumbent
John Ordway
as Chargé d'Affaires, a.i.

since September 2013
Nominator Barack Obama
Inaugural holder William Harrison Courtney
as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Formation February 3, 1992
Website U.S. Embassy - Kazakhstan

This is a list of Ambassadors of the United States to Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan had been a constituent SSR of the Soviet Union. Upon dissolution of the Soviet Union, Kazakhstan declared independence on December 16, 1991. It was the last of the Soviet republics to declare independence.

The United States recognized Kazakhstan ten days later on December 26, 1991. The U.S. embassy was established in Almaty (then named Alma-Ata) on February 3, 1992, with William Harrison Courtney as chargé d'affaires ad interim. He was subsequently appointed as the first U.S. ambassador to Kazakhstan.

In 1997 the nation’s capital was moved to Astana, where the U.S. embassy is now located.

Ambassadors[edit]

U.S. diplomatic terms


Career FSO
After 1915, The United States Department of State began classifying ambassadors as career Foreign Service Officers (FSOs) for those who have served in the Foreign Service for a specified amount of time.

Political appointee
A person who is not a career foreign service officer, but is appointed by the president (often as a reward to political friends).

Appointed
The date that the ambassador took the oath of office; also known as “commissioning”. It follows confirmation of a presidential appointment by the Senate, or a Congressional-recess appointment by the president. In the case of a recess appointment, the ambassador requires subsequent confirmation by the Senate.

Presented credentials
The date that the ambassador presented his letter of credence to the head of state or appropriate authority of the receiving nation. At this time the ambassador officially becomes the representative of his country. This would normally occur a short time after the ambassador’s arrival on station. The host nation may reject the ambassador by not receiving the ambassador’s letter, but this occurs only rarely.

Terminated mission
Usually the date that the ambassador left the country. In some cases a letter of recall is presented, ending the ambassador’s commission, either as a means of diplomatic protest or because the diplomat is being reassigned elsewhere and replaced by another envoy.

Chargé d'affaires
The person in charge of the business of the embassy when there is no ambassador commissioned to the host country. See chargé d'affaires.

Ad interim
Latin phrase meaning "for the time being", "in the meantime". See ad interim.
  • Name: William Harrison Courtney – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: August 11, 1992
    • Presented credentials: September 15, 1992
    • Terminated mission: Left post July 1, 1995
  • Name: A. Elizabeth Jones – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: October 3, 1995
    • Presented credentials: October 18, 1995
    • Terminated mission: Left post October 12, 1998
  • Name: Richard Henry Jones – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: October 22, 1998
    • Presented credentials: January 23, 1999
    • Terminated mission: Left post June 10, 2001
  • Name: Larry C. Napper – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: August 3, 2001
    • Presented credentials: September 19, 2001
    • Terminated mission: Left post July 7, 2004
  • Name: John M. Ordway – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: May 12, 2004
    • Presented credentials: September 17, 2004
    • Terminated mission: Unknown
  • Name: Richard E. Hoagland – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: September 10, 2008
    • Presented credentials: Unknown
    • Terminated mission: January 13, 2011
  • Name: John Ordway – Career FSO
    • Title: Chargé d'Affaires ad interim
    • Appointed: January 13, 2011
    • Presented credentials: Unknown
    • Terminated mission: Unknown
  • Name: Kenneth J. Fairfax – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: July 5, 2011
    • Presented credentials: October 25, 2011
    • Terminated mission: September 2013

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