President Obama has nominated Ted Osius to become the sixth US Ambassador to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Osius will replace David Shear, who arrived in August 2011 and has left to take up his duties as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs.
Below is an excerpt from a 14.5 White House press release about this and other nominations.
Ted Osius, Nominee for Ambassador to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Department of State
Ted Osius, a career member of the Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, is an Associate Professor at the National War College, a position he has held since 2013. He was a Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies from 2012 to 2013. Prior to that, Mr. Osius served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, from 2009 to 2012. Before that, he was Political Minister-Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India from 2006 to 2009. Mr. Osius also served as Deputy Director of the Office of Korean Affairs in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the Department of State from 2004 to 2006. Prior to that, he was Regional Environment Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand from 2001 to 2004. From 1998 to 2001, he was Senior Advisor on International Affairs in the Office of the Vice President at the White House. He served as Political Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City and at the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam from 1997 to 2001. Other positions he has held include: Staff Aide and Political Officer at the United States Mission to the United Nations, Political and Management Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Vatican City, The Holy See, and Political and Consular Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines. From 1985 to 1987, he was a Legislative Correspondent in the Office of U.S. Senator Al Gore, Jr. Mr. Osius received an A.B. from Harvard College and an M.S. from the School of Advanced International Studies at The Johns Hopkins University.
As you can see from this article, the Vietnamese media didn’t waste any time picking up this story: Mỹ đề cử đại sứ mới tại Việt Nam.
If confirmed by the US Senate, Mr. Osius will be the first gay US Ambassador to Vietnam. Below is a photo of him and his partner, Clayton Bond, and their adopted son, Theodore Alan Bond-Osius.
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Follow this link to read the Ambassador’s official bio on the US Embassy website: http://vietnam.usembassy.gov/ambassador.html.