Daniel R. Russel

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Daniel Russel
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Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
Assumed office
July 16, 2013
President Barack Obama
Deputy Scot Marciel[1]
Preceded by Kurt Campbell
Personal details
Born (1953-12-12) December 12, 1953 (age 62)
Alma mater Sarah Lawrence College
University College London

Daniel R. Russel (born December 12, 1953) is an American diplomat who currently serves as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. Prior to his appointment as Assistant Secretary, Russel was Special Assistant to the President and National Security Staff Senior Director for Asian Affairs. While working at the White House, he was a major figure in the current U.S. administration's "pivot towards Asia" strategy.[2]

Diplomatic career[edit]

Daniel Russel is the Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs and is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service. Prior to his appointment as Assistant Secretary on July 12, 2013, Russel served at the White House as Special Assistant to the President and National Security Council (NSC) Senior Director for Asian Affairs. During his tenure there, he helped formulate President Barack Obama’s strategic rebalance to the Asia Pacific Region, including efforts to strengthen alliances, deepen U.S. engagement with multilateral organizations, and expand cooperation with emerging powers in the region.

Prior to joining the NSC in January 2009, he served as Director of the Office of Japanese Affairs and had assignments as U.S. Consul General in Osaka-Kobe, Japan (2005-2008); Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in The Hague, Netherlands (2002-2005); Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Nicosia, Cyprus (1999-2002); Chief of Staff to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering (1997–99); Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (1995–96); Political Section Unit Chief at U.S. Embassy Seoul, Republic of Korea (1992–95); Political Advisor to the Permanent Representative to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, Ambassador Pickering (1989–92); Vice Consul in Osaka and Branch Office Manager in Nagoya, Japan (1987–89); and Assistant to the Ambassador to Japan, former Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield (1985–87).[3]

In 1996, Russel was awarded the State Department's Una Chapman Cox Fellowship sabbatical and wrote America’s Place in the World, a book published by Georgetown University.

Previous Career and Education[edit]

Before joining the Foreign Service, he was manager for an international firm in New York City.

Russel was educated at Sarah Lawrence College and University College, University of London, UK.[4]

He is from New Rochelle, New York.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Scot Marciel". U.S. Department of State. August 2013. Retrieved November 28, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Daniel R. Russel". U.S. Department of State. July 12, 2013. Retrieved November 28, 2015. 
  3. ^ http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/biog/212045.htm
  4. ^ http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/biog/212045.htm

External links[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Kurt Campbell
Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
2013–present
Incumbent