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Biography of David A. Merkel

Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
Washington, DC


Deputy Assistant Secretary

David A. Merkel, Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian AffairsSince March 2008, David A. Merkel has been a Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, where he is responsible for Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, and Belarus affairs, as well as regional nonproliferation issues.

From 2005-2007 Mr. Merkel served on the National Security Council as Director for Europe and Eurasia, with responsibility for coordinating U.S. policy on Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, the Caucasus, Central Asia, the Black Sea region and Caspian energy. Later with the creation of the South and Central Asia Directorate Mr. Merkel was Director for Central Asia.

Mr. Merkel was Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Affairs at the U.S. Treasury Department from 2003-2005 where he received the Exceptional Service Award, Treasury’s second highest award. Previously he was Senior Professional Staff for Europe and Eurasia on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Mr. Merkel has also served as Counselor for International Affairs at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and as Senior Foreign and Defense Policy Advisor for the United States House of Representatives Policy Committee.

Before joining the Government Mr. Merkel was a director for the Eurasia Foundation and an election analyst for the Joint Election Observation Mission in Tajikistan. He has served as an international election observer throughout Eurasia. Mr. Merkel is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute of Strategic Studies (London).

Released by the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, April 4, 2008


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