List of ambassadors of the United States to Vanuatu

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Ambassador of the United States to Vanuatu
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Incumbent
Walter North

since 7 November 2012
NominatorThe President of the United States
Inaugural holderPaul Fisher Gardner
as Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary.
FormationSeptember 1986
WebsiteU.S. Embassy - Port Moresby

U.S. diplomatic terms


Career FSO
After 1915, The United States Department of State began classifying ambassadors as career Foreign Service Officers (FSOs) for those who have served in the Foreign Service for a specified amount of time.

Political appointee
A person who is not a career foreign service officer, but is appointed by the president (often as a reward to political friends).

Appointed
The date that the ambassador took the oath of office; also known as “commissioning”. It follows confirmation of a presidential appointment by the Senate, or a Congressional recess appointment by the president. In the case of a recess appointment, the ambassador requires subsequent confirmation by the Senate to remain in office.

Presented credentials
The date that the ambassador presented his letter of credence to the head of state or appropriate authority of the receiving nation. At this time the ambassador officially becomes the representative of his country. This would normally occur a short time after the ambassador’s arrival on station. The host nation may reject the ambassador by not receiving the ambassador’s letter, but this occurs only rarely.

Terminated mission
Usually the date that the ambassador left the country. In some cases a letter of recall is presented, ending the ambassador’s commission, either as a means of diplomatic protest or because the diplomat is being reassigned elsewhere and replaced by another envoy.

Chargé d'affaires
The person in charge of the business of the embassy when there is no ambassador commissioned to the host country. See chargé d'affaires.

Ad interim
Latin phrase meaning "for the time being", "in the meantime". See ad interim.

There is no embassy of the United States of America in Vanuatu.

Diplomatic presence of the United States of America in Vanuatu began in September 1986 when the latter established diplomatic ties with US. The United States Embassy in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea handles the US interests in Vanuatu. In addition to Papua New Guinea, United States Ambassador to Papua New Guinea is accredited to both Vanuatu and Solomon Islands.[1][2]

Ambassador North[3]

Ambassador Walter North is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service holding the rank of Career Minister. He was sworn in as the U.S. Ambassador to Papua New Guinea on November 7, 2012. Prior to that, Ambassador North served as the Mission Director of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Egypt.

He served as the mission director in India, Indonesia and Zambia. His other overseas postings include Ethiopia and Bangladesh.

Ambassador North held a number of positions at USAID's Washington headquarters including as assistant administrator for the Bureau for Africa, senior deputy assistant administrator for the Bureau for Asia and the Near East, and senior deputy assistant administrator for the Bureau for Policy and Program Coordination, which included responsibility for the Agency’s budget. He has also served with the Offices of East Asian Affairs and East African Affairs.

Ambassador North has a master’s in public administration from Harvard University and a law degree from the George Washington University. He did his undergraduate studies at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Ambassadors

  • Paul Fisher Gardner – Career FSO[1]
    • Title: Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary. Resident in Port Moresby
    • Appointed: September 7, 1984
    • Terminated mission: Left post, October 1, 1986
  • Everett E. Bierman – Career FSO
    • Title: Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary. Resident in Port Moresby
    • Appointed: November 11, 1986
    • Terminated mission: Left post, October 30, 1989
  • Robert William Farrand – Career FSO
    • Title: Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary. Resident in Port Moresby
    • Appointed: May 1, 1990
    • Terminated mission: Left post, September 13, 1993
  • Richard W. Teare – Career FSO
    • Title: Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary. Resident in Port Moresby
    • Appointed: November 23, 1993
    • Terminated mission: Left post, July 14, 1996
  • Arma Jane Karaer – Career FSO
    • Title: Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary. Resident in Port Moresby
    • Appointed: April 15, 1997
    • Terminated mission: Left post, May 28, 2000
  • Susan S. Jacobs – Career FSO
    • Title: Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary. Resident in Port Moresby
    • Appointed: November 7, 2000
    • Terminated mission: Left post, August 1, 2003
  • Robert W. Fitts – Career FSO
    • Title: Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary. Resident in Port Moresby
    • Appointed: September 11, 2003
    • Terminated mission: Left post, September 5, 2006
  • Leslie V. Rowe – Career FSO
    • Title: Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary. Resident in Port Moresby
    • Appointed: September 5, 2006
    • Terminated mission: Left post, September 21, 2009
  • Teddy B. Taylor – Career FSOCareer FSO[4]
    • Title: Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary. Resident in Port Moresby
    • Appointed: September 21, 2009
    • Terminated mission: unk.
  • Walter North – Career FSO
    • Title: Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary. Resident in Port Moresby
    • Appointed: 7 November 2012
    • Terminated mission: Incumbent

Notes

  1. ^ a b "US Ambassador to Papua New Guinea. US GOVERNMENT OFFICE". Retrieved 2011-02-09.
  2. ^ "U.S. Embassy in Papua New Guinea. About the Embassy. Mission Overview". Retrieved 2011-02-09.
  3. ^ http://portmoresby.usembassy.gov/about_us/ambassador.html
  4. ^ "U.S. Embassy in Papua New Guinea". Retrieved 2011-02-09.

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