Donald E. Booth

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Donald E. Booth
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United States Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan
Assumed office
August 28, 2013
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Princeton Lyman
United States Ambassador to Ethiopia
In office
April 21, 2010 – August 16, 2013
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Donald Yamamoto
Succeeded by Patricia Haslach
United States Ambassador to Zambia
In office
October 23, 2008 – March 17, 2010
President George W. Bush
Barack Obama
Preceded by Carmen Martinez
Succeeded by Mark Storella
United States Ambassador to Liberia
In office
August 9, 2005 – July 11, 2008
President George W. Bush
Preceded by John Blaney
Succeeded by Linda Thomas-Greenfield
Personal details
Born (1952-07-13) July 13, 1952 (age 64)
Elmira, New York, U.S.
Alma mater Georgetown University
Boston University
National Defense University
US Ambassador Donald E. Booth and Liberia's then–president-elect Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Donald E. Booth is an American diplomat, who has been ambassador of the United States to Liberia, Zambia, and Ethiopia. Since August 2013, he is U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan.

Early life[edit]

Booth attended Georgetown University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in foreign service; Boston University, where he earned an MBA; and the National War College, where he earned a master's degree in national security studies.[1]

Diplomatic career[edit]

Booth initially served in a number of diplomatic posts, including Economic Counselor in Athens, Division Chief of Bilateral Trade Affairs at the State Department, International Relations Officer in the Office of Eastern European Affairs, desk officer for the Office of Egyptian Affairs and the Office of East African Affairs, and various positions at the U.S. embassies to Romania, Gabon, Liberia, and Belgium.[2]

Immediately prior to his appointment as ambassador to Liberia in 2005, he had served as Deputy Director of the Office of Southern African Affairs, Director of the Office of West African Affairs, and Director of the Office of Technical and Specialized Agencies in the State Department's Bureau of International Organization Affairs.[2]

Booth was appointed Ambassador to Liberia by George W. Bush in 2005; he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 16, 2005, and arrived in Liberia on July 29.[2] On June 4, 2008, he was confirmed as the new U.S. ambassador to Zambia.[1] He left his post in Liberia on July 11,[2] and took up the post in Zambia on September 19.[1]

He was nominated to become Ambassador to Ethiopia by President Barack Obama on December 9, 2009, and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate.[3] He was nominated to become the U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan by President Obama on Wednesday, August 28, 2013.[4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Biography: Donald Booth, Ambassador, Zambia". U.S. Department of State. 2008-10-07. Retrieved 2013-12-22. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Biography: Donald E. Booth, Ambassador, Liberia". U.S. Department of State. 2005-07-30. Retrieved 2013-12-22. 
  3. ^ "Obama Nominates New Ambassador to Ethiopia". U.S. Department of State. 2009-12-09. Retrieved 2013-12-22. 
  4. ^ "Statement by the President Announcing the Appointment of Ambassador Donald Booth as U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan". White House Office of the Press Secretary. August 28, 2013. Archived from the original on September 1, 2013. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  5. ^ Madhani, Aamer (August 28, 2013). "Obama names special envoy for South Sudan and Sudan". USA Today. Archived from the original on September 1, 2013. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
John Blaney
United States Ambassador to Liberia
2005–2008
Succeeded by
Linda Thomas-Greenfield
Preceded by
Carmen Martinez
United States Ambassador to Zambia
2008–2010
Succeeded by
Mark Storella
Preceded by
Donald Yamamoto
United States Ambassador to Ethiopia
2010–2013
Succeeded by
Patricia Haslach
Preceded by
Princeton Lyman
United States Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan
2013–present
Incumbent