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: Republic of Slovenia
CANDIDATE: Brent Robert Hartley
Brent Robert Hartley, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Counselor, currently serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs at the Department of State. Mr. Hartley is well known as an expert on European affairs, the focus of much of his three-decade career. A talented leader, consensus builder and manager, with broad experience in managing the interagency process, Mr. Hartley will bring essential skills to the task of advancing bilateral relations with the Government of Slovenia, an important U.S. ally and partner in both NATO and the EU.
Previously, Mr. Hartley served in the Department of State as Director for European Security and Political Affairs (07/2010-08/2012), Country Director for Pakistan (09/2008-06/2010), Political-Military Counselor, Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (08/2007-08/2008), Deputy Director for European Security and Political Affairs (07/2006-08/2007), Senior Advisor for International Relations, National Counterterrorism Center (12/2005-07/2006), Director for Regional Affairs in the Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism (06/2003-12/2005), Deputy Political Advisor, U.S. Mission to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Brussels, Belgium (07/2000-07/2002), Political-Military Affairs Officer, U.S. Mission to NATO, Brussels, Belgium (08/1999-07/2000), Senior Desk Officer for Cyprus (07/1997-06/1999), Program Analyst, Bureau of Personnel (08/1995-07/1997), Political-Military Officer, Office of Regional Nuclear Nonproliferation (09/1993-08/1995), Political-Military Affairs Officer, Embassy Rome, Italy (09/1989-08/1993), Political-Military Officer, Office of European Security and Political Affairs (08/1987-04/1989), Staff Assistant, Bureau of European and Canadian Affairs (08/1986-08/1987), Political Officer, Office of Egyptian Affairs (08/1984-07/1986) and Rotational Officer (Vice Consul and Economic/Science Officer), Embassy Cairo, Egypt (02/1982-07/1984).
Mr. Hartley earned a B.A. in U.S. History and International Relations at Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts in 1979 and a Masters in National Security Studies from the National War College, Washington, D.C., in 2003. He is the recipient of two Senior Foreign Service Performance Awards, 11 Superior Honor Awards and four Meritorious Honor Awards from the Department of State. He has studied Italian, French, and Arabic.