Telephonic Press Briefing with Counterterrorism Coordinator Nathan A. Sales on Mobilizing Law Enforcement Efforts to Defeat ISIS and New Terrorist Designations

March 1, 2018

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United States Department of State

February 27, 2018

Media Advisory | Telephonic Press Briefing: Counterterrorism Coordinator Nathan Sales on Mobilizing Law Enforcement Efforts to Defeat ISIS and New Terrorist Designations


The Department of State, in cooperation with INTERPOL and the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law, will host a conference February 27-28, 2018 titled the International Conference on Mobilizing Law Enforcement Efforts to Defeat ISIS. This conference will bring together senior-level diplomatic, justice, and law enforcement officials responsible for counterterrorism from approximately 90 countries and organizations. Please join us on Thursday, March 1 at 08:00 ET (13:00 UTC) for a telephonic press briefing with the Senior Bureau Official from the Department’s Bureau of Counterterrorism Nathan Sales, who will provide highlights from the conference.


During the briefing, Senior Bureau Official Nathan Sales will provide a brief overview of the International Conference on Mobilizing Law Enforcement Efforts to Defeat ISIS as well as discuss the State Department’s new terrorist designations. He will then take your questions.


Speaker: Counterterrorism Coordinator Nathan Sales

Date: Thursday, March 1, 2018

Time: 08:00 ET/13:00 UTC
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Language: English. French, Portuguese, and Arabic interpretation will be offered.

Ground rules: On-the-record

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Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator for Counterterrorism

Term of Appointment: 08/2017 to present

Nathan A. Sales was sworn in as the Coordinator for Counterterrorism with the rank of Ambassador-at-Large at the Department of State on August 10, 2017.

Before joining the State Department, Ambassador Sales was a law professor at Syracuse University College of Law, where he taught and wrote in the fields of counterterrorism law, national security law, constitutional law, and administrative law. His scholarship has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court multiple times.

Ambassador Sales previously was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy at the Department of Homeland Security. He led DHS’s efforts to draft and implement legislation that strengthened the security features of, and expanded, the Visa Waiver Program (which allows citizens of certain countries to travel to the United States without a visa). He headed the U.S. delegation in talks with seven countries to implement the new security measures and was the Secretary of Homeland Security’s Special Envoy to South Korea.

Ambassador Sales also served at the Office of Legal Policy at the Department of Justice (DOJ), where he worked on counterterrorism policy and judicial confirmations. In 2005, he managed DOJ’s research and rapid-response team for the confirmation of Chief Justice John Roberts. He received the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service – the Justice Department’s highest honor – for his role in drafting the USA PATRIOT Act, as well as the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award.

An Ohio native, Ambassador Sales received his B.A., summa cum laude, from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from Duke Law School, where he was Research Editor of the Duke Law Journal and joined the Order of the Coif. After law school, he clerked for the Honorable David B. Sentelle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.