WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts: ...
Kelly Keiderling, Nominee for Ambassador to the Oriental Republic of Uruguay, Department of State
Kelly Keiderling, a career member of the Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, is Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the Department of State, a position she has held since 2013. Ms. Keiderling served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela from 2011 to 2013, Strategic Language Issues Coordinator in the Bureau for Human Resources in 2010, and Chief of Staff in the Office of Iraq Affairs from 2009 to 2010. Prior to that, she served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Chisinau, Moldova from 2006 to 2009 and as a Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, Cuba from 2003 to 2005. From 2000 to 2003, Ms. Keiderling served as Senior Panama Desk Officer, Acting Deputy Director of the Office of Central American Affairs, and Public Diplomacy Officer for Cuba and the Caribbean in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs. She also served as Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Gaborone, Botswana from 1998 to 2000 and at the U.S. Embassy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan from 1996 to 1998. Her earlier assignments since joining the Foreign Service in 1988 include postings in the Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, and Zambia. Ms. Keiderling received a B.S. from Georgetown University and an M.S. from the National Defense University’s National War College. ...
A Princeton PhD, was a US diplomat for over 20 years, mostly in Eastern Europe, and was promoted to the Senior Foreign Service in 1997. For the Open World Leadership Center, he speaks with
its delegates from Europe/Eurasia on the topic, "E Pluribus Unum? What Keeps the United States United." Affiliated with Georgetown University for over ten years, he shares ideas with students about public diplomacy.
The papers of his deceased father -- poet and diplomat John L. Brown -- are stored at Georgetown University Special Collections at the Lauinger Library. They are manuscript materials valuable to scholars interested in post-WWII U.S.-European cultural relations.
This blog is dedicated to him, Dr. John L. Brown, a remarkable linguist/humanist who wrote in the Foreign Service Journal (1964) -- years before "soft power" was ever coined -- that "The CAO [Cultural Affairs Officer] soon comes to realize that his job is really a form of love-making and that making love is never really successful unless both partners are participating."