Project on National Security Reform Congratulates Carlos Pascual on His Selection for Nomination to be Ambassador to Mexico

June 9, 2009 in News by admin

WASHINGTON– PNSR extends hearty congratulations to Carlos Pascual on the announcement by President Obama of the intent to nominate him for the position of U.S. Ambassador to Mexico. Mr. Pascual, a member of the Guiding Coalition of PNSR, is vice president and director of the Foreign Policy Program at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.

Pascual was a career foreign service officer for 23 years. He served as the State Department’s Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization and prior to that as Coordinator for U.S. Assistance to Europe and Eurasia. Pascual was also U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine from October 2000 until August 2003. He formerly served as a special assistant to President Clinton and National Security Council senior director for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia.

Upon confirmation, Mr. Pascual would be the sixth PNSR Guiding Coalition member to join the Obama administration. The others appointed by the President are Gen. James Jones (National Security Advisor), Adm. Dennis C. Blair (Director of National Intelligence), James Steinberg (Deputy Secretary of State), Michèle Flournoy (Under Secretary of Defense), and Ashton Carter (Under Secretary of Defense). Two former PNSR working group leaders have also joined the administration: Kathleen Hicks (Deputy Under Secretary of Defense) and Vikram Singh (Special Assistant, Dept. of Defense).

Congratulating Mr. Pascual, PNSR Executive Director Jim Locher said, “Carlos Pascual contributed importantly to the work of the Project on National Security Reform. His intellect, former experience and expertise make Carlos an excellent choice as Ambassador to Mexico.”

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