United States Ambassador to Tajikistan

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Ambassador of the United States to Tajikistan
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Incumbent
Susan M. Elliott

since September 2012
Nominator Barack Obama
Inaugural holder Edmund McWilliams
as Chargé d'Affaires
Formation March 13, 1992
Website U.S. Embassy - Dushanbe

This is a list of United States ambassadors to Tajikistan.

Until 1991, Tajikistan had been a constituent republic of the Soviet Union as the Tajik Soviet Socialist Republic. On December 25, 1991, following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Tajikistan declared its independence and became the Republic of Tajikistan. The United States government recognized Tajikistan on the same day. Diplomatic relations were established on February 19, 1992 in an announcement by President Bush. A temporary embassy was opened by Chargé d'Affaires ad interim Edmund McWilliams on March 13, 1992 in the Avesto Hotel, pending the appointment of an ambassador.[1] The first ranking ambassador was Stanley Tuemler Escudero, who presented his credentials on October 19, 1992.[2]

On October 25, 1992, six days after Ambassador Escudero’s arrival, Embassy Dushanbe was closed and all U.S. personnel were withdrawn because of the civil war in Tajikistan.[1] The embassy was reopened on March 11, 1993.[3][4]

In 1998, after the embassy bombings in Africa, Embassy Dushanbe American personnel were temporarily relocated to Almaty, Kazakhstan, due to heightened Embassy security standards. American Embassy Dushanbe has since returned to full operations and in July 2006 moved into a purpose-built embassy compound.[1][5]

Ambassadors[edit]

Representative From Position Title To Appointed by
Edmund McWilliams[6] March 13, 1992 Chargé d'Affaires October, 1992 George H. W. Bush
Stanley Tuemler Escudero[3] October 19, 1992 Chargé d'Affaires; from March '93 Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary June 1, 1995 George H. W. Bush
The embassy was closed October 25, 1992 – March 11, 1993. Escudero continued as the nonresident ambassador in the interim.[1]
R. Grant Smith[7] July 31, 1995 Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary August 21, 1998 Bill Clinton
Robert Finn[8] November 11, 1998 Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary July 13, 2001 Bill Clinton
Franklin Pierce Huddle, Jr.[9] October 26, 2001 Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary October 9, 2003 George W. Bush
Richard E. Hoagland[10] November 24, 2003 Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary August 31, 2006 George W. Bush
Tracey Ann Jacobson[11] September, 2006 Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary August 2009[1] George W. Bush
Kenneth E. Gross, Jr.[12] August 2009 Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary September 2012 Barack Obama
Susan M. Elliott[13] September 2012 Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary (Incumbent) Barack Obama

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Embassy History". United States Department of State: U.S. Embassy Dushanbe. Retrieved 2011-07-04. 
  2. ^ ""Guide to Country Recognition and Relations: Tajikistan". United States Department of State. Retrieved 2011-07-04. 
  3. ^ a b "Stanley Tuemler Escudero". United States Department of State. Retrieved 2011-05-29. 
  4. ^ "Tajikistan: Country Study". Library of Congress Country Studies. Library of Congress. Retrieved 2011-05-29. 
  5. ^ "Background Note: Tajikistan". Retrieved 2011-07-04. 
  6. ^ "Edmund McWilliams". United States Department of State. Retrieved 2011-07-04. 
  7. ^ "R. Grant Smith". United States Department of State. Retrieved 2011-07-04. 
  8. ^ "Robert Patrick John Finn". United States Department of State. Retrieved 2011-07-04. 
  9. ^ "Franklin Pierce Huddle". United States Department of State. Retrieved 2011-07-04. 
  10. ^ "Richard Eugene Hoagland". United States Department of State. Retrieved 2011-07-04. 
  11. ^ "Tracey Ann Jacobson". United States Department of State. Retrieved 2011-07-04. 
  12. ^ "U.S. Ambassador to Tajikistan". United States Department of State: U.S. Embassy Dushanbe. Retrieved 2011-07-04. 
  13. ^ "U.S. Ambassador to Tajikistan". United States Department of State: U.S. Embassy Dushanbe. Retrieved 2013-07-24. 

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