Bruce Turner, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, assumed his duties July 7 as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Verification, Planning and European Security in the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance (AVC), following a short stint as Director of the Human Resources Bureau’s Office of Recruitment, Examination, and Employment.
Mr. Turner returned to Washington in 2015 following a three-year assignment as U.S. Consul General in St. Petersburg and a year at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul as Director of the Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) affairs, managing major programs in justice, corrections, and counternarcotics. From 2008 to 2011 he served in Washington as Principal Deputy and Director of the European and Eurasian Bureau’s Office of Security and Political Affairs (EUR/RPM), dealing with NATO, the OSCE, NATO-Russia relations, and conventional arms control.
Other work abroad included assignments to Paris, Moscow, Vienna at the U.S. Mission to the OSCE, Brussels at the U.S. Mission to NATO, and Ankara. In Washington he worked on North Korean as well as German and Turkish affairs. Mr. Turner speaks German, French, and Russian.