Jeffrey D. Feltman

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United Nations Under-Secretary-General Jeffrey Feltman
Ambassador Feltman with U.S. Marine Brigadier General Carl Jensen during the evacuation of Beirut, July 2006

Jeffrey David Feltman (born 1959)[1] is an American diplomat and is the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs. As head of the United Nations Department of Political Affairs Feltman oversees the UN's diplomatic efforts to prevent and mitigate conflict worldwide.

Early life and education[edit]

Feltman was born to Christian parents in Greenville, Ohio in 1959. He received his undergraduate degree in history and fine arts from Ball State University in Indiana in 1981 and his Master's degree in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in 1983.

Diplomatic career[edit]

Feltman joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1986, serving his first tour as consular officer in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

He served as an economic officer at the U.S. Embassy in Hungary from 1988 to 1991. From 1991 to 1993, Feltman served in the office of the Deputy Secretary of State, Lawrence Eagleburger, as a Special Assistant concentrating on the coordination of U.S. assistance to Eastern and Central Europe.

After a year of Arabic studies at the University of Jordan in Amman, Feltman served in the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv from 1995 to 1998, covering economic issues in the Gaza Strip. From 1998 to 2000, Feltman served as Chief of the Political and Economic Section at the U.S. Embassy in Tunisia. He served in Embassy Tel Aviv as Ambassador Martin Indyk's Special Assistant on Peace Process issues from 2000 to 2001. He then moved to the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem, where he served first as Deputy (August 2001-November 2002) and then as Acting Principal Officer (November 2002 to December 2003).

Feltman volunteered to serve at the Coalition Provisional Authority office in Irbil, Iraq, from January to April 2004. from which he moved on to become the United States Ambassador to Lebanon from July 2004 to January 2008.

Feltman served as US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs from August 2009 to June 2012 with the rank of Career Minister, before taking his post at the United Nations.

Middle East expert Joshua Landis reported in March 2007 that "Feltman has a most unusual arrangement with Secretary Rice; he has a weekly video conference with the Secretary - access of the like only the Ambassador to Iraq can boast."[citation needed]

Feltman speaks English, Arabic, French, and Hungarian.

Nasrallah label[edit]

In a speech following the Israeli operation in Lebanon in 2006, the Secretary-General of Hizbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, dubbed Fouad Siniora's government in Lebanon as the "Feltman Government".[citation needed] Nasrallah's label stressed what Hizbullah saw as Feltman's deep influence on the Lebanese government's decisions. The title of "Feltman Government" was subsequently used by opposition parties in Lebanon in reference to Siniora's government.[citation needed]

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Vincent M. Battle
United States Ambassador to Lebanon
2004–2008
Succeeded by
Michele J. Sison
Government offices
Preceded by
David Welch
Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs
August 2009 - June 2012
Succeeded by
A. Elizabeth Jones (acting)
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
B. Lynn Pascoe
Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations

United Nations Department of Political Affairs
July 2012 - Present

Succeeded by
Incumbent
  1. ^ Jeffrey David Feltman (1959–)