Victoria Nuland Confirmed as Top US Diplomat for Europe

Assistant Secretary of State for European/Eurasian Affairs Victoria NulandThe Senate on Thursday confirmed Victoria Nuland, President Barack Obama’s choice as chief U.S. envoy for Europe who was widely criticized for her role in the talking points created after last year’s deadly assault in Benghazi, Libya.

By voice vote and with no debate, the Senate approved the nomination of Nuland, who had served as State Department spokeswoman during Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s tenure. . . .

Nuland is a career foreign service officer who has held senior positions in the George W. Bush and Obama administrations. She also has served as a foreign policy adviser to former Republican Vice President Dick Cheney.

From Department of State:  Ambassador Victoria Nuland was named Department Spokesperson in May 2011. From February 2010 – June 2011, she was Special Envoy for Conventional Armed Forces in Europe. She previously served on the faculty of the National War College (2008-2009).

Ambassador Nuland was the 18th United States Permanent Representative to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) from 2005-2008. As NATO Ambassador, she focused heavily on strengthening Allied support for the ISAF mission in Afghanistan, on NATO-Russia issues, and on the Alliance’s global partnerships and continued enlargement.

Image: Assistant Secretary of State for European/Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland (photo: Department of State)