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John W. Limbert
Charge d'Affaires, Sudan
Term of Appointment: 07/09/2005 to present

Chargé d’Affaires of the American Embassy in Khartoum, John W. Limbert will direct the United States Mission in steering bilateral relations with Sudan from the beginning of its new Government of National Unity sworn in July 9, 2005. Formerly Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania (2000-2003) during a time of increasing cooperation between the two countries, the U.S. Chargé in Khartoum has now been assigned responsibility for Sudan at a critical time in the relationship now between his country and the largest country in Africa.

Immediately prior to his appointment to Sudan, Ambassador Limbert, a Senior Foreign Service Officer, served as President of the American Foreign Affairs Association (AFSA) from September 2003 until July 2005. Previously, while still serving as Ambassador to Mauritania, he was dispatched by the State Department as one of the first civilian officials to enter Baghdad in April 2003 with the Organization for Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance. In March – May of 2004, he returned to Iraq, leading a team in support of the U.S. Mission there. Earlier Limbert had been Deputy Coordinator for Counterterrorism in the U.S. State Department (2000); member of the State Department’s Senior Seminar (1997-98); Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Conakry, Guinea (1994-97); Director of Orientation at the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute in Washington (1992-94); and Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Djibouti (1984-86).

A career Foreign Service Officer since 1973, Ambassador Limbert’s overseas experience also includes tours in Algeria, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. From 1981 to 1984 he taught Political Science at the U.S. Naval Academy, and in 1991-92 he was a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s Center for International Affairs.

Born in Washington, D.C. and a resident of Stockbridge, Vermont since 1980, Ambassador Limbert graduated from the D.C. public schools and holds his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D from Harvard University, the last in History and Middle Eastern Studies. Before joining the Foreign Service, he taught in Iran, both as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer (1964-66) and as an English instructor at Shiraz University (1969-72). Ambassador Limbert has written numerous articles on Middle Eastern subjects and has authored two books, Iran: At War with History (Westview Press, 1987) and Shiraz in the Age of Hafez (University of Washington Press, 2004).

Ambassador Limbert holds the Department of State’s Meritorious Honor Award, two Superior Honor Awards, and the Award for Valor, the latter received after fourteen months as a hostage in Iran (1979-1981). He also holds the American Foreign Service Association’s Rivkin Award for Creative Dissent. His foreign languages are Persian, Arabic, and French. He is married and has a son and a daughter.



Released on July 19, 2005

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