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: Republic of Iraq
CANDIDATE: Matthew H. Tueller
Currently U.S. Ambassador to Yemen, Matthew H. Tueller is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, rank of Minister-Counselor, and is one of the Department’s most distinguished Middle East experts with extensive experience both in Washington and the field. Prior to his confirmation as Ambassador to Yemen, he served as U.S Ambassador in Kuwait, from 2011 – 2014. He was also Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy Cairo, from 2008 to 2011, and Political Minister Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad from 2007 to 2008. Ambassador Tueller is fluent in Arabic and has a well-established record as a strong leader and manager. This, coupled with his regional expertise, make him an excellent candidate for U.S. Ambassador to the Republic if Iraq.
Earlier in his career, Ambassador Tueller served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait from 2004-2007, Counselor for Political Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, and Deputy Director for the Office of Northern Gulf Affairs in the Department of State. He was also Chief of the U.S. Office Aden, Yemen from 2000 to 2001. He also served as Egypt Desk Officer in the Department of State and had other overseas assignments including in London, Qatar, Jordan, and Arabic study in Cairo, Egypt.
Ambassador Tueller received his BA degree from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah and his MPP degree from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the CIA Director’s Seal Award, two Presidential Meritorious Honor Awards and the Department of State’s Baker-Wilkins Award for Outstanding Deputy Chief of Mission, among other awards. He is also a Distinguished Alumni Award recipient from Brigham Young University where, during his student days, he was a Hinckley Scholar and a member of other honor societies.