REPORT FOR THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS
UNITED STATES SENATE
SUBJECT: Ambassadorial Nomination: Certificate of
Demonstrated Competence -- Foreign Service
Act, Section 304(a)(4)
POST: Arab Republic of Egypt
CANDIDATE: Robert Stephen Beecroft
Robert Stephen Beecroft, a career Foreign Service Officer, class of Minister-Counselor, is currently Ambassador at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. Known as a talented leader and manager, he has served in senior executive policy-making capacities both at home and abroad. Together with his political acumen, regional expertise and language fluency, he will bring essential skills to the task of furthering bilateral relations with the Government of Egypt, a critical U.S. partner in the Middle East.
Previously, Mr. Beecroft served as the Deputy Chief of Mission in Embassy Baghdad (2011- 2012) and, prior to that, as the U.S. Ambassador to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (2008- 2011). He served as the Executive Assistant to the Secretary of State (2004-2008). As Executive Assistant to two Secretaries, and as Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of State (2003-2004), he helped develop, manage, and monitor many of the most sensitive and important policy decisions on the Middle East. He traveled extensively throughout the region and coordinated with the highest levels of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and CENTCOM on policy, strategy, assistance, training, and coalition building. He took a leading role in managing interagency issues – including some of the most contentious. He previously worked directly with the Special Coordinator for International Disaster Assistance and Special Humanitarian Coordinator on assistance projects. Mr. Beecroft also served in the Office of Northern Gulf Affairs (2000-2003) and as a Staff Officer and Operations Officer in the Secretariat (1998-2000). Earlier, he worked overseas as a consular and political officer in Riyadh (1996 -1998) and in Damascus (1994-1996). Early in his career, he practiced law in the San Francisco office of an international law firm.
Mr. Beecroft earned a B.A. from Brigham Young University and a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. He is the 2012 recipient of the Baker-Wilkins Award for Outstanding Deputy Chief of Mission and the 2010 recipient of the Diplomacy in Human Rights Award. He earned a Distinguished Honor Award in 2005 and previously received three individual Superior Honor awards and two Meritorious Honor awards. He speaks Arabic and Spanish and has a working knowledge of Italian.