Appointments | June 2019

John P. Abizaid – U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

John P. Abizaid of Nevada is the new U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He is currently a private consultant for his own consulting company, JPA Partners LLC, as well as the senior advisor for the Secretary of Defense to the Ukrainian Minister of Defense. He retired from the United States Army in 2007 after a 34-year military career where he rose from infantry platoon leader to four-star general and became the longest-serving commander of the United States Central Command. In addition to his command position in the field, at the Pentagon he served as the Director of Strategic Plans and Policy on the Joint Staff and then Director of the Joint Staff from 2000–2003. Abizaid received a B.S. from the U.S. Military Academy and an M.A. from Harvard University. 

Arthur B. Culvahouse Jr. – U.S. Ambassador to the Commonwealth of Australia

Arthur B. Culvahouse Jr. of Tennessee is the new U.S. Ambassador to the Commonwealth of Australia. He is the former chair of O’Melveny & Myers LLP, an international law firm he was associated with for more than four decades. Culvahouse served as counsel to President Ronald Reagan from 1987–1989 and also served on the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, the Intelligence Oversight Board, the Nuclear Command and Control System Federal Advisory Committee and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commission on the Regulation of U.S. Capital Markets in the 21st Century. Culvahouse earned a B.S. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and a J.D. from the New York University School of Law.

Daniel N. Rosenblum – U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Uzbekistan

Daniel N. Rosenblum of Maryland is the new U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Uzbekistan. He is currently the deputy assistant secretary for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs. Until October 2017, Rosenblum was responsible for managing U.S. policy and diplomatic relations with the five Central Asian states. From 2008–2014, he was the coordinator of U.S. assistance to Europe, Eurasia and Central Asia. From 1997–2008, he held a variety of other positions in the assistance coordinator’s office, including deputy coordinator, director of Eurasia Division and special advisor for Economic Programs. Prior to joining the Department, he spent six years as a senior program coordinator at the Free Trade Union Institute and worked as a legislative assistant to Sen. Carl Levin. Rosenblum earned a B.A. from Yale University and an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.  

Robert K. Scott – U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Malawi

Robert K. Scott (SFS) is the new U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Malawi. He is currently the acting deputy assistant secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs covering West African Affairs and Economic and Regional Affairs. Previously, he served as the director for Economic and Regional Affairs in the Africa Bureau, the deputy chief of mission in Zimbabwe and Tanzania, and the deputy office director for West African Affairs. Joining the Foreign Service in 1994, Scott’s tours have included Ukraine, Germany, France and Ghana along with other domestic assignments. He received a B.A. from Lawrence University and an M.S. from American University. 

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