David McFarland is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for United Nations Political Affairs, Peacekeeping, Sanctions and Counterterrorism in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs. He is responsible for coordinating United States policies across this broad range of peace and security issues at the United Nations Security Council and the United Nations General Assembly.
Previously, David served as Director of the Office of United Nations Political Affairs, as senior political officer in the State Department’s Office of Israel and Palestinian Affairs, and as a Foreign Affairs Fellow in the United States Senate. David also served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Tripoli, Libya. For his service there and in Benghazi, Libya, he was selected as a finalist for the State Department’s James A. Baker Outstanding Deputy Chief of Mission Award. He has also served in Cairo, Baghdad, Yerevan, and Ankara.
Before joining the State Department, David was a congressional staffer and a Peace Corps Volunteer. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master’s degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College (NWC). At NWC, David was class vice president. His languages are Arabic, Turkish, and Armenian. David is originally from Lytle, Texas.