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Ronald E. Neumann
Ambassador, Bahrain
Term of Appointment: 09/14/2001 to 06/01/2004

Ambassador Newmann

Ronald E. Neumann was confirmed by the Senate as Ambassador to Bahrain on September 14, 2001. From September 1997 to July 2000, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs.

Previously he served as Ambassador to Algeria from August 1994 to September 1997. Mr. Neumann was the Director of the Department of State's Office of Northern Gulf Affairs (Iran and Iraq) from 1991 to 1994. He began his government service as an infantry officer (Vietnam, 1969-1970) and entered the Foreign Service in 1970. After an initial tour in Senegal, 1971-1973, he began to specialize in the Middle East, particularly in the Persian Gulf region. He served in Tabriz, Iran as Vice Consul, 1973-1974, and as Principal Officer, 1974-1976. Subsequent tours involving the region included Deputy Chief of Mission in Yemen, 1981-1983, and Deputy Chief of Mission in the United Arab Emirates, 1987-1990, and Deputy Director of the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs' Office of Arabian Peninsula Affairs, 1983-1987.

Mr. Neumann has also served in the Office of Southern European Affairs, 1976-1977, as Staff Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs, 1977-1978, and as Jordan desk officer, 1978-1981. He attended the National War College in 1990-1991.

Mr. Neumann was born in Washington, DC, on September 30, 1944, but grew up in California. He earned a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree from the University of California at Riverside. His foreign languages are French and Arabic.

Mr. Neumann holds a Superior Honor Award from the Department, the Army Commendation Medal and Bronze Star, and the Combat Infantry Badge.



Released on August 16, 2004

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