David M. Satterfield

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David Michael Satterfield
David M. Satterfield US State Dept photo.jpg
Assistant Secretary of State (Acting) for Near Eastern Affairs
Assumed office
September 2017
President Donald Trump
Preceded by Anne W. Patterson
United States Ambassador to Lebanon
In office
September 1998 – June 2001
President George Bush
Preceded by Richard Henry Jones
Succeeded by Vincent M. Battle
Personal details
Born (1954-12-18) December 18, 1954 (age 63)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Education University of Maryland, College Park (BA)

David Michael Satterfield (born December 18, 1954) is an American diplomat and U.S. Ambassador, who has served extensively in the Middle East, including the Persian Gulf area, Lebanon, and Iraq. He later served as a Senior Advisor on Iraq for Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and was Director General of the Multinational Force and Observers, the peacekeeping force for the Sinai Peninsula from June 2009 until August 2017. He was chargé d'affaires to Egypt from August 2013 to January 2014 and was subsequently Special Advisor to the Secretary of State for Libya. He has served since September 2017 as Assistant Secretary of State (Acting) for Near Eastern Affairs.[1]


Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Satterfield graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, with a Bachelor of Arts in 1976.

He entered the Foreign Service in 1980, and has served overseas in Jeddah, Tunis, Beirut, Algiers, Damascus, and Baghdad. Director of the Department of State Executive Secretariat Staff from 1990 to 1993, Satterfield served on the National Security Council Staff from 1993 to 1996 as Director for Near East and South Asian Affairs. He held the position of Director of the Department of State’s Office of Israel and Arab-Israeli Affairs from 1996 to 1998, and was the Ambassador to Lebanon from September 1998 to June 2001.

The United States Senate confirmed Satterfield to succeed Edward William Gnehm, Jr. as Ambassador to Jordan, but shortly thereafter (on June 1, 2004) the Secretary of State designated him Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Near East Affairs (NEA) (having served for the previous three years as NEA Deputy Assistant Secretary), and in May 2005 he was sent to Iraq as Deputy Chief of Mission with rank of Ambassador. As a result, he never assumed his post in Jordan. On 19 May 2006, the U.S. Department of State announced Satterfield’s appointment as Coordinator for Iraq and Senior Adviser to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.[2]

In May 2009, Satterfield retired with the rank of Career Minister from his nearly 30-year career in the Foreign Service. Upon nomination by the U.S. government, he was then appointed Director General of the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO), an independent international organization, by the Arab Republic of Egypt and State of Israel, and assumed office on July 1, 2009. The MFO, whose mission is the implementation of the security provisions of the Egyptian-Israeli Treaty of Peace, is headquartered in Rome, with peacekeeping responsibilities in the Sinai. The Director General is responsible for exercising his authority through his staff at the headquarters in Rome, the Force Commander and his staff in the Sinai, and the Director General’s Representatives and their staffs in Cairo and Tel Aviv. Satterfield returned to the Foreign Service and served as Chief of Mission in Cairo from August 2013 to January 2014 and was special advisor to the Secretary of State for Libya from May to September 2014.[3] On 5 September 2017 he returned to active duty as a Senior Foreign Service Officer and was appointed to serve as Assistant Secretary of State (Acting) for Near Eastern Affairs.[1]


Ambassador Satterfield is the recipient of the:

  • Presidential Distinguished Executive Rank Award;
  • Presidential Meritorious Executive Rank Award;
  • The Secretary of State's Distinguished Service Award (for Iraq service);
  • Department of State Distinguished Honor Award;
  • Four Department of State Superior Honor Awards, notably for his work on the Middle East peace process;
  • Department of the Army Outstanding Civilian Service Award (for Iraq service).


  1. ^ a b "David M. Satterfield". U.S. Department of State. Retrieved 8 December 2017. 
  2. ^ "Personnel Changes in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs". 2008-05-16. Archived from the original on 2008-05-16. Retrieved 2018-01-12. 
  3. ^ http://mfo.org/en/biography-of-the-director-general

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Richard Jones
United States Ambassador to Lebanon
August 1998 – September, 2001
Succeeded by
Vincent M. Battle