He’s Here! The Ambassador is Finally Here!
It’s been a while. 19 months and 2 days, to be exact. And who said that the US government isn’t a pinnacle of procedural efficiency?
Newly appointed U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan Matthew Bryza arrived in Baku on Sunday.
If you want to know more, there’s this section about Bryza on the White House website:
Matthew J. Bryza is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service. He currently serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of European and Eurasian Affairs. He previously served as the Director for Europe and Eurasia at the National Security Council in the White House. He was also Special Advisor to the President and Secretary of State on Caspian Basin Energy Diplomacy. Mr. Bryza has also served in Russia and Poland. Mr. Bryza received a B.A. from Stanford University and an M.A. in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
Steve LeVine at The Oil and the Glory had a nice profile a while back of the reasons for roadblocks for Bryza in getting to his post (along with a not-so-flattering picture of the Ambassador). If you want to read an incredibly long diatribe about Bryza’s ‘Neocon’ status and a possible conspiracy theory-corruption scandal, go to this Azeri Report article.
For now, I’m happy that we have an ambassador back in the ambassador’s residence in Baku. It’s now up to Bryza to make sure he fulfills the expectations laid out for him and not live down to the stories we’ve heard from detractors.