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Fri, Apr 3, 2020

Oman’s handling of the coronavirus

Oman appears to be managing the spread of coronavirus effectively, so far at least with the lowest numbers of deaths and infected persons in the Gulf. Testing is also ramping up, and the controls imposed between regions and the sustained messaging of the public to stay home and maintain social distancing are also likely to produce positive results, especially since over half the number of total cases are within the greater Muscat area.

MENASource by Marc J. Sievers

Coronavirus Middle East

Fri, Jan 31, 2020

Ambassador Marc J. Sievers joins Atlantic Council as nonresident senior fellow

Washington, DC—January 31, 2020—The Atlantic Council’s Middle East Programs today announced the addition of Marc J. Sievers as a nonresident senior fellow. Sievers recently retired as a career member of the senior foreign service with the rank of minister-counselor, after having most recently served as US ambassador to Oman. Sievers brings to the program deep […]

Press Release by Atlantic Council

Middle East

Sat, Jan 11, 2020

A US ambassador’s memories of Sultan Qaboos

Oman's longtime ruler dedicated himself to building a modern state and put Oman on the world map as an international center of dialogue and reason.

New Atlanticist by Marc J. Sievers

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.