|Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs|
18 September 2013
|Preceded by||Philip Gordon|
|Spokesperson for the United States Department of State|
May 31, 2011 – February 11, 2013
|Preceded by||Philip J. Crowley|
|Succeeded by||Jennifer Psaki|
|18th United States Permanent Representative to NATO|
June 20, 2005 – May 2, 2008
|President||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by||R. Nicholas Burns|
|Succeeded by||Kurt Volker|
|Born||Victoria Jane Nuland|
|Alma mater||Brown University (1983)|
Victoria Jane Nuland (born 1961) is the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs at the United States Department of State.
Education and personal life
Victoria Nuland is the daughter of Sherwin Nuland, former professor of bioethics at Yale University. She graduated with a B.A. in 1983 from Brown University, where she studied Russian literature, political science, and history. Nuland’s husband is the Robert Kagan, an American historian and foreign-policy commentator at the Brookings Institution. Kagan founded the Neo-Con 'Project for the New American Century' think tank.
She was nominated to serve as Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs in May 2013 and sworn in to fill that role in September 2013. During her confirmation hearings, she faced "sharp questions" about a memo she had sent outlining the talking points that would be used by the Obama administration in the days shortly after the 2012 Benghazi attack.
Leaked phone conversation
On February 4, 2014, a recording of a phone call between Nuland and U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt, on January 28, 2014 was published on YouTube. The State Department and the White House suggested that an assistant to the deputy prime minister of Russia Dmitry Rogozin was the source of the leak, which he denied.
In the recording, Nuland makes an obscene reference to the European Union. After discussing Ukrainian opposition figures Nuland states that she prefers the United Nations as mediator, instead of the European Union, adding "Fuck the EU," and Pyatt responds, "Oh, exactly ...."
According to the Washington Post,
[Nuland] was dismissively referring to slow-moving European efforts to address political paralysis and a looming fiscal crisis in Ukraine. But it was the blunt nature of her remarks, rather than U.S. diplomatic calculations, that seemed exceptional.
Nuland also assessed the political skills of Ukrainian opposition figures with unusual candor and, along with the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt, debated strategy for their cause, laying bare a deep degree of U.S. involvement in affairs that Washington officially says are Ukraine’s to resolve.
Initially, a spokeswoman for EU foreign-policy chief Catherine Ashton stated on the same day that the EU would not comment on a "leaked alleged" conversation. The next day, however, Christiane Wirtz, Deputy Government Spokesperson and Deputy Head of the Press and Information Office of the German Federal Government, stated that German Chancellor Angela Merkel termed Nuland's remark "absolutely unacceptable." The president of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, condemned the remark as "unacceptable."
In their phone conversation, Nuland and Pyatt discussed who should be in the government after Viktor Yanukovych's ouster, with the name of Arseniy Yatseniuk (whom Nuland refers to as "Yats") coming up several times. "Yats" became prime minister of Ukraine on 27th February 2014.
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- Angela Merkel: Victoria Nuland's remarks on EU are unacceptable, The Guardian (7 February 2014)
- Kauffmann, Sylvie (9 February), "Les cinq leçons du " fuck the EU ! " d'une diplomate américaine" [The five lessons of "fuck the EU" from an American diplomat], Le Monde, retrieved 9 February 2014 Check date values in:
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Victoria Nuland.|
- Official biography at the U.S. State Department
- Official biography at the U.S. State Department (2008 archive)
- Official biography at the U.S. NATO Mission website[dead link]
- Works by or about Victoria Nuland in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- Appearances on C-SPAN
R. Nicholas Burns
|U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO
|Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs
18 September 2013– incumbent