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Michael Guest
Ambassador, Romania
Term of Appointment: 09/18/2001 to 08/16/2004

Michael Guest was sworn in as the U.S. Ambassador to Romania on September 18, 2001 and took up his duties on September 24, 2001. A 20-year career veteran of the U.S. diplomatic service, Mr. Guest has specialized in European affairs. His expertise is concentrated on security policy, including NATO, and on strengthening civic society and the rule of law.

Mr. Guest joined the Foreign Service in 1981 and was posted to the U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong shortly thereafter. From 1983 to 1985, he worked on political-military issues in the Office of European Security and Political Affairs, serving for part of that period as a member of the U.S. delegation to arms control negotiations with the then-Soviet Union. He was posted to the U.S. Embassy in Moscow as a Political Officer in 1987, returning to Washington in 1989 to take up new duties as Deputy Director for Political Affairs in the Office of European Security and Political Affairs. In that capacity he exercised responsibility for political discussions at NATO; organized U.S. participation in the then-Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE); and was a member of the U.S. delegation to the "Two-plus-Four" talks which eventually gave rise to Germanyís reunification. In 1991, he was assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Paris, France as Deputy Political Counselor. He later served (1996-99) as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Prague in the Czech Republic, working with the host government on many of the same issues that are current in Romania.

Before coming to Bucharest, Mr. Guest served as Acting Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs at the Department of State from January through May 2001. In that capacity, he was responsible for managing, on a day-to-day basis, the Department of Stateís dialogue with Congress on foreign policy issues. He served previously in the Bureau of Legislative Affairs as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary since May 1999. Mr. Guest also has served as Assistant Press Secretary at the White House (1985-86) and, from 1994-96, as Deputy Executive Secretary of the Department.

Mr. Guest holds a Masterís Degree in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia (Charlottesville, Virginia) and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Political Science from Furman University (Greenville, South Carolina). Before joining the Foreign Service, he also pursued postgraduate studies in international economics at the University of Toulouse in Toulouse, France.



Released on November 9, 2001

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