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 the Congo
CANDIDATE: Eugene S. Young
Eugene S. Young, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, currently serves as the Economic Counselor of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, Israel. Previously, Mr. Young was the Chargé d’Affaires a.i. and Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Vienna Austria; the Consul, and Senior Civilian Representative of the U.S. Consulate in Herat, Afghanistan; and the Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Earlier he was the Economic Counselor of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya and the Consul General of the U.S. Consulate General in Durban, South Africa. His demonstrated success in these leadership positions, his ability to lead interagency teams in even the most challenging security environments, and his substantive knowledge of sub-Saharan Africa, which includes service in two partner nations on the continent, make him an excellent candidate to be the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of the Congo.
Among Mr. Young’s other assignments, he served as a Special Assistant in the Office of the Deputy Secretary of State, as a Senior Watch Officer in the State Department’s Operations Center, and as a desk officer for Hungary in the State Department’s Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs. He was also a Sanctions Officer at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, and served on the Economic Policy Staff of the State Department’s Bureau of African Affairs. Overseas he held assignments at our Embassy in Bratislava, Slovakia; our Embassy in Belgrade and Consulate General Zagreb in the former Yugoslavia, and at our Embassy in Kingston, Jamaica.
Mr. Young earned his B.A. degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and an M.A. degree from George Washington University, in Washington, D.C. He is the recipient of numerous State Department awards and his foreign languages are German, French, Slovene, Slovak and Serbo-Croatian.