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Deming, Rust M.
Ambassador, Tunisia
Term of Appointment: 01/12/2001 to 07/31/2003

Rust Deming was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Tunisia on January 12, 2001. Mr. Deming joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1966, when he was assigned to Tunisia as a political officer in the U.S. Embassy in Tunis. His most recent assignment was as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs from June 1998 to September 2000.

Mr. Deming has spent much of his career dealing with Japanese Affairs, having served in Japan as Chargé d'Affaires, ad interim, from December 1996 to September 1997 and as Deputy Chief of Mission from October 1993 to December 1996. From September 1991 to August 1993, Mr. Deming was Director of the Office of Japanese Affairs in Washington. He served as Minister Counselor for Political Affairs at the American Embassy in Tokyo from August 1987 to July 1991. From 1985 to 1986, Mr. Deming was detailed to the National War College at Fort McNair in Washington, DC. Other previous assignments include: Chief, External Political Affairs, American Embassy, Tokyo; Deputy Director, Office of Nuclear Policy, Department of State; Staff Officer, Office of the Secretary of State; Political Military Affairs Officer, Japan Desk, Department of State; Political Officer, American Embassy, Tokyo; Economic Officer, American Consulate General Osaka.

Mr. Deming speaks Japanese and French. He received his undergraduate degree in 1964 from Rollins College and his graduate degree from Stanford University in 1981. Throughout his career, Mr. Deming has received numerous Senior Performance Awards and Superior Honor Awards. In 1995 and 1997 he received the Defense Department Civilian Meritorious Award.

Mr. Deming is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, American Foreign Service Association, and the Stanford University Alumni Association. He is married to Kristen Deming and has three grown daughters.


Released on August 21, 2003

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