REPORT FOR THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS
UNITED STATES SENATE
SUBJECT: Ambassadorial Nomination: Certificate of
Demonstrated Competence — Foreign Service
Act, Section 304(a)(4)
CANDIDATE: Brian D. McFeeters
Brian D. McFeeters, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, currently serves as Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy, Baghdad, Iraq. Prior to that, Mr. McFeeters was Senior Advisor in the Office of the Counselor to the Secretary of State, U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C. He was also the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the State Department’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs in Washington and Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia. His demonstrated leadership skills, ability to manage complex interagency teams in a difficult security environment, and his considerable knowledge of South East and East Asia, make him an excellent candidate to be the U.S. Ambassador to Malaysia.
Mr. McFeeters’ earlier assignments include service as the Economic Minister Counselor of the U.S. Mission to the European Union in Brussels, Belgium and Economic Minister Counselor for U.S. Embassy Baghdad. He also served as Political Counselor at Embassy Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and as Deputy Political Counselor and North Korea Watcher at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, Republic of Korea. Earlier, in Washington, he was the Deputy Director, Office of Maritime Southeast Asia, in the State Department.
Mr. McFeeters was awarded B.A. and B.S. degrees from the University of Notre Dame, an M.S. from the University of New Mexico, and an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He was also a Distinguished Graduate of the Long-Term Economic Training course of the Foreign Service Institute at the U.S. Department of State. He is the recipient of multiple State Department performance awards including the Salzman Award for International Economic Performance. His foreign languages are Malaysian, Indonesian, French, Spanish, and German.