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Brian E. Carlson
Ambassador, Latvia
Term of Appointment: 11/20/2001 to 01/03/2005

Brian E. Carlson was sworn in as Ambassador to the Republic of Latvia on November 20, 2001.

Mr. Carlson is a Senior Foreign Service officer with the rank of Career Minister. He has over thirty years of diplomatic experience representing the United States in Eastern and Western Europe and Latin America. In his most recent position, he managed overseas operations for the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. During that assignment he also had a major role in producing the November 2000 White House Conference on Culture and Diplomacy. From 1998 until joining the Under Secretary's office in June 2000, he was Director of Public Diplomacy for the Bureau of European Affairs (EUR) at the Department.

In early 1998, while still Director of European Affairs at the U.S. Information Agency, Mr. Carlson developed a pilot project to bring about closer cooperation between USIA's European operations and the Department of State's Bureau of European and Canadian Affairs. This eventually changed into a complete merger of the two organizations under congressional legislation. Mr. Carlson went on to help integrate public diplomacy into the European bureau's operations and was credited with using a variety of public diplomacy tools to maintain allied public support during the Kosovo conflict.

Mr. Carlson was the Public Affairs Officer in Spain from 1994 to 1998 where he helped found the U.S.-Spain Council and successfully directed a $4 million Fulbright fund raising campaign. During an assignment as Deputy Director of European Affairs from 1991 to 1993, Mr. Carlson directed USIA's growing public diplomacy programs in Eastern Europe, Russia and the new states that were formerly part of the Soviet Union. Since joining the Foreign Service in 1970, he has served foreign tours of duty in Caracas, Belgrade, Sofia, Oslo, and London, as well as Madrid. During an earlier Washington assignment, he was Director of the Press Office (PA/PRS) for the Department of State (1983-85) and before that executive assistant to USIA's Counselor and Deputy Director (1981-83). He speaks Spanish, Serbian, Bulgarian and Norwegian, and he is now studying Latvian.

Born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia, Brian Carlson graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1969.



Released on November 21, 2001

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