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: Lao People’s Democratic Republic
CANDIDATE: Peter M. Haymond
Peter M. Haymond, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, has served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand since July 2016 and as Charge d’Affaires since September 2018. Previously, Mr. Haymond was Director of the Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs in the State Department’s Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs. He also was Consul General at the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu, China and Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Vientiane, Laos prior to that. Mr. Haymond’s significant leadership experience, his extensive regional expertise (including in Laos), and his substantive work on global issues, including energy, counterterrorism, and counternarcotics, make him extremely well qualified to serve as American Ambassador to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic.
Among his earlier assignments, Mr. Haymond served as Division Chief in the Office of Energy and Commodities in the Bureau of Economic and Energy Affairs at the Department of State, and as Arabian Peninsula Officer in the Office of the Counterterrorism Coordinator. He was also the Deputy Director of the Office of Economics and Development Affairs in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs at the Department. Overseas assignments earlier in his career included the U.S. embassies in China as an economic officer, Laos as a narcotics affairs officer, and as a consular officer in Thailand and Korea. Mr. Haymond worked in Thailand and Morocco before joining the Foreign Service in 1991.
Mr. Haymond earned a B.A. from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and an M.A.L.D. and Ph.D. from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. He has received numerous Department of State performance awards. He speaks Lao, Thai, Mandarin, and French.