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Biography of Patrick S. Moon

Patrick S. Moon [State Dept. Image]Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs
Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs
Term of Appointment: June 2008 to present

In June 2008, Patrick S. Moon was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs. He was designated the Coordinator for Afghanistan in January 2008. Mr. Moon is a senior official responsible for guiding U.S. foreign policy toward Afghanistan.

Mr. Moon is a member of the Foreign Service who prior to his current assignment served as the Office Director for Austria, Germany and Switzerland. From 2004-2006, he was Office Director for Afghanistan in the Bureau for South and Central Asian Affairs where he played a key leadership role in developing and implementing U.S. policies including annual multi-billion dollar security and assistance programs.

Mr. Moon entered the Foreign Service in 1979 and served as Vice Consul in Beirut from 1979 to 1981. His next assignment was as the Administrative Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Lubumbashi, Zaire, until 1983. From 1983 until 1986, Mr. Moon was a Political-Military Affairs Officer in the Office of European Security and Political Affairs in the Department of State. In this assignment, Mr. Moon dealt with issues related to the deployment of U.S. intermediate-range missiles to Europe. In addition, he served during this period as an Advisor on the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Negotiating Group in Geneva for two sessions.

From 1986 to 1988, Mr. Moon served as the Executive Secretary of the U.S. Negotiating Group for Strategic Nuclear Arms Negotiations (START) in Geneva. In 1989, Mr. Moon was assigned to the U.S. Delegation to the negotiations on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) in Vienna. He participated in the negotiation of the CFE Treaty and was a U.S. Co-Chairman of the Joint Consultative Group, which was created to facilitate implementation of the CFE Treaty. From 1992 to 1995, Mr. Moon served at the U.S. Mission to NATO where he was responsible for issues related to the North Atlantic Cooperation Council (NACC), the Partnership for Peace (PFP), peacekeeping and nonproliferation.

Returning to Washington in 1995, Mr. Moon served as the Deputy Director of the Office of UN Political Affairs in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs until 1997. After this assignment he served as a Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs, Thomas R. Pickering, covering Russia, NIS, UN, NATO and G-8 issues. From 1998 to 2000, Mr. Moon was the Deputy Director of the Office of European Security and Political Affairs in the European Bureau. This office supports the U.S. Mission to NATO, the U.S. Mission to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and the effort to adapt the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe. Mr. Moon served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Zagreb, Croatia, from 2001 to 2004. In this position, he was the Ambassador's "chief of staff" for a 300-person Mission comprised of 13 Federal agencies.

After graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1972, Mr. Moon earned an M.A. degree in International Relations at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Mr. Moon served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force for six years. He is originally from Oklahoma City.


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