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Laura E. Kennedy
Ambassador, Turkmenistan
Term of Appointment: 10/01/2001 to 08/20/2003

Ambassador Laura E. Kennedy, a career member of the Foreign Service, was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to Turkmenistan on October 1, 2001. Prior to this assignment, Ambassador Kennedy served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna. At that time, she also served as Acting U.S. Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Preparatory Commission of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, and the United Nations Office in Vienna which handles counter-narcotics, crime, space and international trade and commercial issues.

Ambassador Kennedy graduated from Vassar College in 1973, received an M.A. from American University and also studied at Stanford University. Her first assignment with the State Department was in the Office of People's Republic of China Affairs at the time the historic Shanghai Communique was signed. She then served at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and was detailed to a U.S. official exchange exhibit which traveled to Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Tajikistan. After serving as staff assistant to the Assistant Secretary for European Affairs, she returned to Moscow in 1983 as the Embassy "Kremlinologist." Ambassador Kennedy was assigned in 1985 to the U.S. Delegation to the negotiations on conventional armed forces in Vienna, serving with the MBFR delegation and then helping to negotiate the mandate for the new CFE talks which were launched in 1989. Ambassador Kennedy began her assignment to the U.S. Embassy in Turkey at the outbreak of the Gulf War. During the subsequent Kurdish refugee crisis, she was detailed to the staff of General Shalikashvili who commanded Operation Provide Comfort. She served as Charge d'Affaires at the newly established U.S. Embassy in Armenia in 1992. She returned to Washington in 1993 as the Deputy Director for Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Palestinian Affairs during the historic breakthroughs in relations between Israel and Jordan and the Palestinians. Ambassador Kennedy was Director for Central Eurasia and Caspian energy issues from 1995-1997.

Ambassador Kennedy's languages are Russian and Turkish. She is a graduate of the Senior Seminar and a member of the American Foreign Service Association. She has received a number of Superior and Meritorious Honor awards from the Department of State.

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Released on November 9, 2001

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