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Matthew J. Bryza was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan. He was sworn-in on January 10, and arrived in Baku on February 6, 2011.
Mr. Bryza served most recently as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, responsible for policy oversight and management of relations with countries in the South Caucasus and Southern Europe. He served concurrently as the U.S. Co-Chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, leading U.S. efforts to advance a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Additionally, Mr. Bryza coordinated U.S. energy policy in the regions surrounding the Black and Caspian Seas.
In April 2001, Mr. Bryza joined the National Security Council as Director for Europe and Eurasia, with responsibility for coordinating U.S. policy on Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, the South Caucasus, Central Asia, and Caspian energy. Mr. Bryza served as the deputy to the Special Advisor to the President and Secretary of State on Caspian Basin Energy Diplomacy from July 1998 to March 2001. During 1997-1998, Mr. Bryza was special advisor to the Coordinator of U.S. Government assistance programs on economic reform in the Caucasus and Central Asia.
Mr. Bryza has also held positions in the State Department’s Office of Russian Affairs (1991-1995) and has served at the U.S. Embassies in Moscow (1995-1997) and Warsaw (1989-1991). He joined the United States Foreign Service in August, 1988.
Mr. Bryza graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor’s degree in international relations. He received his master’s degree in the same field from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He is fluent in Russian and Polish, and also speaks German and Spanish, as well as conversational Azerbaijani.