|United States Ambassador to Libya|
|Assumed office |
August 8, 2019
|Preceded by||Peter W. Bodde|
|United States Ambassador to Georgia|
September 10, 2012 – July 2015
|Preceded by||John Bass|
|Succeeded by||Ian Kelly|
|United States Ambassador to Uzbekistan|
September 20, 2007 – July 24, 2010
|President||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Jon Purnell|
|Succeeded by||George Krol|
Richard Boyce Norland
1955 (age 64–65)
|Alma mater||Georgetown University|
Johns Hopkins University
National Defense University
Ambassador Richard Norland previously served as the Foreign Policy Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford. Prior to that he served as U.S. Ambassador to Georgia (2012-2015), Deputy Commandant/International Affairs Advisor at the National War College (2010-2012), U.S. Ambassador to Uzbekistan (2007-2010), and Deputy Chief of Mission at the American Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan (2005-2007) and Riga, Latvia (2003-2005).
From October 2002 through January 2003, Richard Norland served in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan as a diplomat with the U.S. Army Civil Affairs team promoting political and economic reconstruction.
Richard Norland was Director for European Affairs at the National Security Council for two years during the Clinton and Bush administrations, focusing in particular on the Northern Ireland peace process, as well as on the Baltic States, OSCE, and a number of key European partners. He served as Political Counselor at the American Embassy in Dublin, Ireland from 1995 through the negotiation of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.
Richard Norland served from 1988-1990 as Political Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, USSR during President Gorbachev's tenure and the period of glasnost and perestroika. He was subsequently detailed to the Pentagon's Office of the Secretary of Defense, where he worked on policy issues following the break-up of the Soviet Union. He served in 1993 as the U.S. representative and acting mission head on the CSCE Mission to Georgia, addressing conflicts in South Ossetia and Abkhazia, and later visited Chechnya in a similar capacity.
Earlier in his career, Richard Norland served in the United States' northernmost diplomatic office, 250 miles north of the Arctic Circle, as Chief of the U.S. Information Office in Tromsø, Norway. He later served as Senior Arctic Official coordinating the U.S. chairmanship of the Arctic Council. He was also a Special Assistant (for African affairs) to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs. He served as Norway-Denmark desk officer, and as assistant desk officer for South Africa. His first tour was in Manama, Bahrain.
United States Ambassador to Libya
On April 2, 2019, President Donald Trump nominated Richard Norland to be the United States Ambassador to Libya. On August 1, 2019, the Senate confirmed his nomination by voice vote. He assumed office on August 8, 2019.
The son of an American diplomat, Ambassador Norland was born in Morocco and grew up in Africa and Europe as well as the United States. Prior to joining the Foreign Service in 1980, Ambassador Norland worked as a legislative analyst in the Iowa House of Representatives. He graduated from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in 1977. He has master's degrees from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and the National War College. In addition to English, he speaks Russian, French and Norwegian. He and his wife, Mary Hartnett, have two children.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Richard Norland.|
- "Richard B. Norland". U.S. Department of State Office of the Historian.
- "Ambassador Richard B. Norland: Foreign Policy Advisor to the Chairman". Joint Chiefs of Staff.
- "Richard B. Norland: U.S. State Department Senior Fellow". Georgetown University School of Foreign Service: Institute for the Study of Diplomacy.
- "President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate and Appoint Individuals to Key Administration Posts". WhiteHouse.gov.
- "PN565 — Richard B. Norland — Department of State". United States Congress. August 1, 2019. Retrieved August 5, 2019.
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