Mark Gregory Hambley

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Mark G. Hambley in Benghazi

Mark Gregory Hambley (born February 12, 1948 in Boise, Idaho) is an American diplomat. During 32 years in the U.S. diplomatic service, Hambley served in fourteen different postings, many of them in Middle Eastern countries, including as U.S. Ambassador in Qatar and, later, in Lebanon and as the U.S. Consul General in Alexandria, Egypt, and in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Hambley was posted in Saudi Arabia during the Grand Mosque seizure.[1] Other postings took him to Vietnam, Yemen, Jordan, Tunisia and Libya.

Hambley's five year service in multilateral diplomacy included his designation as the Special Representative to the UN Commission on Sustainable Development, as the U.S. Representative to the Intergovernmental Panel on Forests, and as the Special Negotiator on climate change during the Kyoto process and early months of the Bush administration.

Following the September 11 attacks, Hambley served as political advisor to the commander of the U.S. Air Force deployment in the Middle East during the conflict against al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan. He was then appointed as director of the Media Outreach Center in London in March 2003. This is a specialized unit established under the authority of the U.S. Congress in early 2003. The goal of this center is to improve dialog with the pan-Arab media and to monitor the programming and coverage of various pan-Arab newspapers and satellite television.

Hambley left full-time government service in 2005. He still undertakes special commissions on an ad hoc basis. He currently resides in Massachusetts. He is a board member of APOLLO International. As a trustee of the Next Century Foundation, he has undertaken missions to Red Zone Baghdad to facilitate negotiations with Abdul Aziz al Hakim and to Jerusalem during the Summer War, during which he discussed matters relating to the Syrian track.

He speaks and writes on topics related to the Middle East, including on the growing impact of radical Jihadi movements on the Middle East and the United States. In 2012, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by Elms College.

Hambley was a special guest on The English Hour for ANN TV (Arab News Network).[2][3]


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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Joseph Ghougassian
United States Ambassador to Qatar
Succeeded by
Kenton Keith
Preceded by
Ryan Crocker
United States Ambassador to Lebanon
Succeeded by
Vincent M. Battle