John R. Bass
|United States Ambassador to Afghanistan|
December 12, 2017
|Preceded by||P. Michael McKinley|
|United States Ambassador to Turkey|
October 20, 2014 – July 2016
|Preceded by||Francis Ricciardone|
|Succeeded by||Philip Kosnett
(Chargé d'Affaires a.i)
|Executive Secretary of the Department of State|
October 8, 2012 – July 18, 2014
|Preceded by||Stephen Mull|
|Succeeded by||Joseph Macmanus|
|United States Ambassador to Georgia|
October 16, 2009 – July 17, 2012
|Preceded by||John Tefft|
|Succeeded by||Richard Norland|
|Born||1964 (age 53–54)
New York, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Holly Holzer Bass|
|Alma mater||Syracuse University|
Bass is from upstate New York. He graduated from Syracuse University in 1986 and was a newspaper editor and political campaign consultant before joining the Foreign Service in 1988. Shortly after, he was posted to Belgium, the Netherlands and Chad. In 1998, he work for Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott, first as a special assistant for Europe and Eurasia and was part of the peace negotiations in the Kosovo War. He was later named as Talbott’s chief of staff in 2000, coordinating policy on arms reduction with Russia. In 2005, Bass was named director of the State Department Operations Center. He was sent to Iraq in 2008 as the leader of a provincial reconstruction team. He speaks Italian and French. In October 2012, he was appointed Executive Secretary of the United States Department of State and served as the liaison between the State Department's many bureaus and the leadership offices of the Secretary, the Deputy Secretaries, and the Director of Policy Planning.
In October 2017, after the U.S. decided to suspend non-immigrant visa services within Turkey, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said the Turkish government would no longer recognize Bass's authority as a U.S. ambassador. The cancellation of visitor visas came after a Turkish court ordered the arrest of an employee of the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul. After the suspension of visa services in Turkey, Bass published a statement on YouTube.
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- Bowden, John (July 20, 2017). "Trump to nominate Turkey envoy for ambassador to Afghanistan". The Hill. Retrieved July 21, 2017.
- Lardner, Richard. "Senate confirms Huntsman as US ambassador to Russia". ABC News. Associated Press. Retrieved September 28, 2017.
- Tuysuz, Gul; Koran, Laura (October 10, 2017). "Erdogan: Turkey does not recognize US ambassador after visa spat". CNN. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
- Cunningham, Erin; Fahim, Kareen (October 8, 2017). "U.S. and Turkey announce tit-for-tat travel restrictions, a sign of deteriorating alliance". Washington Post. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
- Ambassador John Bass’ statement on the suspension of visa services in Turkey
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