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Tue, Jan 12, 2021

Oman designates a crown prince, a first for the country

January 11 marked the first anniversary of Sultan Haitham bin Tareq’s selection as the successor to Sultan Qaboos bin Said. While there were no official celebrations, the government marked the event with a series of announcements and many Omanis congratulated the Sultan on the first anniversary of his rule.

MENASource by Marc J. Sievers

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Mon, Jan 11, 2021

Experts react: The United States designates Houthi rebels as a Foreign Terrorist Organization

On January 11, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the United States is designating Yemen’s Houthi rebel group Ansar Allah as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO). Atlantic Council experts react to the designation and what it means for the wider region.

MENASource by Atlantic Council

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Wed, Dec 9, 2020

Working hand-in-glove: A first-hand account of Lloyd Austin’s leadership in Iraq

Lloyd Austin was a great soldier, an inspiring commander to his troops, and a down-to-earth, approachable colleague who we civilians were privileged to work alongside.

New Atlanticist by Marc J. Sievers

Defense Policy Iraq

Marc J. Sievers is a nonresident senior fellow for Middle East Programs at the Atlantic Council. Sievers retired in December 2019 a career member of the US Senior Foreign Service with the rank of minister-counselor. His last position was as US ambassador to Oman from January 2016 to November 2019. Prior to his appointment he was a diplomatic fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy from September 2014 to July 2015. Sievers is the first person to be appointed to this position, which is a collaborative program with the US Department of State.

A Foreign Service Officer since 1981, Sievers served as deputy chief of mission and chargé d’affaires in Cairo from September 2011 to August 2014. He previously held a range of posts in Washington and across the Middle East including political minister-counselor in Baghdad from 2010 to 2011, counselor for political affairs in Tel Aviv from 2006 to 2010, and deputy chief of mission in Algiers from 2003 to 2006. In 2004, he volunteered as senior adviser to Iraq’s transitional Ministry of Foreign Affairs as part of the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) in Baghdad. He also served as political counselor in Riyadh, deputy political counselor in Ankara, and political officer in Rabat and Cairo.

Sievers received a BA in history from the University of Utah in 1978 and an MA in international affairs from Columbia University in 1980. He has received numerous awards over his career, including three State Department Superior Honor Awards and four Meritorious Honor Awards, and the American Foreign Service Association’s Sinclaire Language Award for his achievements in the study of the Arabic language and culture.

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