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Ronald L. Schlicher

Principal Deputy Coordinator
Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism

On September 2, 2008, Ronald Lewis Schlicher assumed the position of Principal Deputy Assistant Coordinator of Counterterrorism.

Most recently (2005-2008), Schlicher served as U.S. Ambassador to Cyprus. Ambassador Schlicher served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (NEA), where he served as Coordinator for Iraq. During the 2003 war with Iraq, Ambassador Schlicher was Director of the Iraq Task Force. He then served for six months in Iraq with the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA), first as Regional Coordinator for the North and then as Director of the Office of Provincial Outreach.

Ambassador Schlicher is a Minister-Counselor in the Senior Foreign Service. He entered the Foreign Service in January 1982. He was Vice-Consul in Dhahran from September 1982 to March 1984. From 1984-1986, he served as Consul in Damascus, Syria. He then returned to the Department as Staff Assistant in NEA to Assistant Secretary Richard Murphy. From 1987-1989, he served as Deputy Principal Officer in Alexandria, Egypt. He then transferred to the Embassy in Cairo, where he served as First Secretary from 1989-1991, specializing in internal Egyptian politics and Islamic movements. In 1991-1992, he was Chief Civilian Observer in the MFO, the organization that monitors the security provisions of the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty. Returning to the Department, he served from 1992-1994 as a Deputy Director for Regional Affairs in the Office of the Coordinator for Counter-Terrorism (S/CT). From 1994-1997, Ambassador Schlicher served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Beirut, Lebanon.

From 1997-2000, Ambassador Schlicher was the Director of the Office of Egyptian and North African Affairs in NEA. From 2000-2002, he served as Chief of Mission and Consul-General in Jerusalem. Ambassador Schlicher is fluent in Arabic (several dialects) and French. Over his career, he has received the Distinguished Honor Award, three Superior Honor Awards, two Meritorious Honor Awards, a National Human Intelligence Collector Award, and, most recently, the Christian A. Herter Award.


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