Sievers, Marc Jonathan - Sultanate of Oman - July 2015


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: Sultanate of Oman

CANDIDATE: Marc Jonathan Sievers

Marc Jonathan Sievers, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, currently serves as Diplomat in Residence at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy in Washington, D.C., a position he has held since 2014. He is a two-time Deputy Chief of Mission in the Middle East, someone with very broad regional experience, as well as keen leadership and management skills. His work as Chargé d’Affaires in Cairo during a prolonged political crisis was praised for his attention to the security and protection of Embassy staff. His background and abilities make him well–qualified to serve as Ambassador to Oman.

Previously, Mr. Sievers served as Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d’Affaires at U.S. Embassy Cairo, Egypt (2011-2014), Political Minister Counselor U.S. Embassy Baghdad, Iraq (2010-2011), Political Counselor, U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv, Israel (2006-2010), Senior Advisor, Coalition Provincial Authority, Baghdad, Iraq (detail assignment in 2004), and Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. Embassy Algiers, Algeria (2003-2006). Before that, he served as Deputy Director in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs Office of Syria, Jordan and Lebanon (2001-2003), Political Counselor, U.S. Embassy Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (1998-2001), and Deputy Political Counselor, U.S. Embassy Ankara, Turkey (1996-1998). He also was a Pearson Fellow with the U.S. House of Representatives (1994-1995). Mr. Sievers’ other assignments since joining the Department in 1981 include serving as Political Officer in the Office of Israel and Arab-Israeli Affairs, Deputy Political Counselor in Rabat, Political Officer in Cairo, Watch Officer in the Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research, and Consular Officer in Hong Kong.

Mr. Sievers earned a B.A. from the University of Utah in 1978, and a M.I.A. from Columbia University in 1980. He has won numerous Department performance awards. His languages are Arabic, Hebrew, French and Turkish.