Stephen Biegun

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Stephen Biegun
Secretary Pompeo Poses for a Photo With Special Representative for North Korea Delegate Biegun (29282493087) (cropped).jpg
United States Special Representative for North Korea
Assumed office
August 23, 2018
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byJoseph Yun
(North Korea Policy)
Personal details
Stephen E. Biegun

1963 (age 55–56)
Detroit, Michigan, US
Political partyRepublican
EducationUniversity of Michigan (B.A.)

Stephen E. Biegun (born 1963) is an American businessman and diplomat serving as the United States Special Representative for North Korea.[1] Biegun previously served as Vice President of International Governmental Affairs for the Ford Motor Company,[2] and in government roles as a staffer on the National Security Council as well as national security adviser to Senator Bill Frist.[3]

Biegun received his B.A. in Russian and Political Science from the University of Michigan in 1984. He was the in-country Director for the International Republican Institute in Moscow, Russia from 1992-1994. He is a member of the board of the U.S. Russia Foundation, the Moscow School of Political Studies, the U.S.–Russia Business Council, and Ford Sollers, Ford's joint venture operating in Russia.


Biegun has served in a number of roles within the federal government, including as executive secretary of the National Security Council, reporting to national security adviser Condoleezza Rice under President George W. Bush. He served as a foreign policy adviser to Sarah Palin during John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign.[4] On March 1, 2018, it was reported that Biegun was a top candidate to replace Donald Trump's national security adviser H. R. McMaster.[5] On March 22, it was announced that McMaster would instead be succeeded by John R. Bolton.

On August 23, 2018, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appointed Biegun to serve as the U.S. Special Representative for North Korea, directing U.S. policy in regard to North Korea on behalf of the Trump administration.[6]


  1. ^ Harris, Gardiner (August 23, 2018). "Pompeo Will Return to North Korea Next Week With Reinforcement". New York Times. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  2. ^ "Stephen E. Biegun". Ford Motor Company. Retrieved 2018-03-01.
  3. ^ Shesgreen, Deirdre (August 23, 2018). "Secretary of State Pompeo to return to North Korea for nuclear talks". USA Today. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  4. ^ Martin, Jonathan (November 7, 2008). "Palin allies: She's no diva". POLITICO. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  5. ^ Nicolle Wallace (2018-03-01). "White House preparing for McMaster exit as early as next month". NBC News. Retrieved 2018-03-01.
  6. ^ "Mike Pompeo to travel to North Korea, names Stephen Biegun as new special representative". The Straits Times. August 23, 2018. Retrieved August 23, 2018.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Joseph Yun
North Korea Policy
United States Special Representative for North Korea