Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs
Assistant Secretary of State
for South and Central Asian Affairs
Seal of the United States Department of State
|Reports to||Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs|
|Nominator||President of the United States|
|Inaugural holder||Edward Djerejian|
The Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs is the head of the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs within the United States Department of State, which handles U.S. foreign policy and relations in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.
The position of Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs was renamed when responsibility for policy for five countries, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan, was transferred from the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs to the Bureau of South Asian Affairs, which became the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs. Richard A. Boucher was sworn in as the first to hold the current title on February 21, 2006 after the previous Assistant Secretary, Christina B. Rocca, left the Department.
List of Assistant Secretaries of State for South Asian Affairs
|Name||Assumed Office||Left Office||President served under|
|Edward P. Djerejian||August 24, 1992||George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton|
|James P. Covey|||
|Robin Raphel||August 6, 1993||June 27, 1997||Bill Clinton|
|Karl Inderfurth||August 4, 1997||January 19, 2001||Bill Clinton|
|Christina B. Rocca||June 1, 2001||February 17, 2006||George W. Bush|
|Richard Boucher||February 21, 2006||George W. Bush|
|Robert O. Blake, Jr.||June 2, 2009||October 20, 2013||Barack Obama|
|Nisha Desai Biswal||October 21, 2013||January 20, 2017||Barack Obama|
|William E. Todd (Acting)||January 20, 2017||June 12, 2017||Donald Trump|
|Alice G. Wells (Acting)||June 26, 2017||Donald Trump|
- Edward P. Djerejian held the title of "Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs" from September 30, 1991. On August 24, 1992, he became Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs and Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs. He was never formally Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs.
- The Senate did not act upon Covey's nomination and he never became Assistant Secretary.
- A press release from the Department of State on the creation of the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs
- The biography of the current Assistant Secretary at the Department of State website.
- The Department of State's list of former Assistant Secretaries
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