Alexander M. Laskaris

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Alexander Laskaris
Alexander Laskaris, U.S. Ambassador.jpg
United States Ambassador to Chad
Assumed office
August 18, 2022
PresidentJoe Biden
Preceded byGeeta Pasi
United States Ambassador to Guinea
In office
August 3, 2012 – November 10, 2015
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byPatricia Moller
Succeeded byDennis B. Hankins
Personal details
Born
Alexander Mark Laskaris

1967 (age 54–55)
Monterey, California, U.S.
EducationGeorgetown University (BA)
United States Army War College (MSS)

Alexander Mark Laskaris (born 1967) is an American diplomat who serves as the United States ambassador to Chad since August 2022. He also served as the United States ambassador to Guinea from 2012 to 2015. Laskaris was the faculty leader in the National War College at the National Defense University.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Laskaris was born in Monterey, California in 1967. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in international politics from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and a Master of Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College.[2]

Career[edit]

Before joining the Foreign Service, Laskaris was an English and math teacher at St. Boniface High School in Galeshewe, Northern Cape in South Africa.[3]

Laskaris joined the United States Foreign Service in 1991 and was first posted to Monrovia, Liberia as vice-consul, during the ongoing Civil War. In 1993, Laskaris was posted to Gaborone, Botswana as political and economic officer, staying there for two years before serving as desk officer for Rwanda and Burundi. In 1997, Laskaris was assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Luanda, Angola to serve as a political counselor.[4]

In 1999, Laskaris was recalled to work at the United States Department of State, first as an advisor on the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, working under Richard Holbrooke, and then, in 2001, as part of Secretary of State Colin Powell's Policy Planning Staff.[5]

Laskaris returned to Africa in 2003 to be deputy chief of mission at the embassy in Bujumbura, Burundi and in 2006, took up the same post in Pristina, Kosovo, serving there during the international talks led by UN envoy Martti Ahtisaari.[6]

In 2008, Laskaris was appointed team leader for the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Mosul, Iraq. From the summer of 2009 until his next appointment in 2010, Laskaris took a course in Kurdish. In 2010 he was given the job of consul general in the consulate in Erbil, Iraq.[4]

In January 2016, Laskaris joined the United States Africa Command as deputy to Commander Thomas D. Waldhauser.[7] In July 2019, he began leading seminars at the National War College as a faculty member.[1]

Ambassador to Guinea[edit]

On May 24, 2012, President Barack Obama nominated Laskaris to be the next U.S. ambassador to Guinea.[8] Hearings on his nomination were held by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on July 12, 2012. The committee favorably reported his nomination on July 26, 2012. He was confirmed by the Senate on August 2, 2012, and presented his credentials in September 2012.[9] Laskaris left the post on November 10, 2015.[10]

Ambassador to Chad[edit]

In January 2022, Laskaris was nominated by President Joe Biden to serve as the United States ambassador to Chad.[11] Hearings on his nomination were held before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on May 10, 2022. The committee favorably reported his nomination to the Senate floor on May 18, 2022. On July 14, 2022, his nomination was confirmed by voice vote.[12] He presented his credentials to Mahamat Déby, the President of the Transitional Military Council, on August 18, 2022.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Laskaris speaks French, Albanian, Greek, Spanish, Kurdish, Soussou and Portuguese.[4][1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Faculty Biography - Laskaris, AMB Alexander - DOS". National War College. Retrieved 21 September 2019.
  2. ^ Spero, Domani (2012-05-31). "Officially In: Alexander M. Laskaris – from Erbil, Iraq to the Republic of Guinea". Diplopundit. Retrieved 2022-01-19.
  3. ^ "An Interview with Alexander Mark Laskaris, U.S. Ambassador to Guinea". The Politic. Retrieved 21 September 2019.
  4. ^ a b c "Ambassador to Guinea: Who is Alex Laskaris?". AllGov. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  5. ^ "Laskaris, Alexander". LinkedIn. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  6. ^ Spero, Domani. "Officially In: Alexander M. Laskaris – from Erbil, Iraq to the Republic of Guinea". Diplopundit. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  7. ^ "Ambassador Alexander M. Laskaris, U.S. Dept. of State". United States Africa Command. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  8. ^ "President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts". whitehouse.gov. 24 May 2012. Retrieved 1 July 2022.
  9. ^ "PN1696 - Nomination of Alexander Mark Laskaris for Department of State, 112th Congress (2011-2012)". www.congress.gov. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 1 July 2022.
  10. ^ "Alexander Mark Laskaris (1967-)". Office of the Historian. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  11. ^ "President Biden Announces Nominees for Ambassadors and Key Roles". The White House. 2022-01-19. Retrieved 2022-01-19.
  12. ^ "PN1693 - Nomination of Alexander Mark Laskaris for Department of State, 117th Congress (2021-2022)". www.congress.gov. July 14, 2022. Retrieved July 15, 2022.
  13. ^ "AMBASSADOR EXTRAORDINARY AND PLENIPOTENTIARY OF THE UNITED STATES TO THE REPUBLIC OF CHAD, ALEXANDER LASKARIS". td.usembassy.gov. August 19, 2022.
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by United States Ambassador to Guinea
2012–2015
Succeeded by
Preceded by United States Ambassador to Chad
2022–present
Incumbent