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Reno L. Harnish III
Ambassador, Azerbaijan
Term of Appointment: 08/12/2003 to 01/03/2006

Reno L. Harnish III was sworn in as Ambassador to Azerbaijan on August 12, 2003.Ambassador Harnish took up his post as Chief of Mission, U.S. Office Pristina, on August 30, 2002. Previously, he served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Cairo, where he was responsible for the operations of a $2 billion plus, 2,400 employee Mission. Before arriving in Cairo, Mr. Harnish served as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm and engaged in Baltic Sea cooperation. From 1992-1995 he led U.S. policy on Central Asian politics and scientific cooperation with the New Independent States in the Department of State.

Earlier, he served as Environment, Science and Technology Counselor, U.S. Embassy Rome; Economic and Commercial Counselor at the U.S. Embassy to the German Democratic Republic; in the Office of Developed Country Trade, Department of State; as an Economic Officer, U.S. Embassy, Vienna; a Political Officer, Status Liaison Office, Saipan; and an Economic Commercial Officer, U.S. Embassy, Lagos, Nigeria. Mr. Harnish was honored for Presidential Meritorious Service, received Senior performance pay twice, and has been awarded a Meritorious and two Superior Honor Awards.

Before entering the Foreign Service, Mr. Harnish worked as a research assistant at the American Enterprise Institute, an international economist at the U.S. Department of Treasury, and as a clerk for Congressman Dave Martin of Nebraska. He received a Bachelor's in Political Science from San Diego State University, a Master's in International Studies from American University, and a Master's in Economics in 1975. In 1995/96 he attended Seminar XXI, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Harnish speaks German, Italian, Swedish, and some Arabic.



Released on September 24, 2003

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