Diplomat Of The Week: Ambassador W Stuart Symington

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The United States Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Nigeria Honourable W Stuart Symington has presented his credentials to the President of Nigeria, His Excellency, President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari.
The event  which took place on the 1st of December 2016, was a brief ceremony at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, Nigeria.
Symington was confirmed for his new position by the US Senate earlier on in September 28, 2016, just after he was nominated by US President Barack Obama, and he was then sworn in as the Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Nigeria on October 31, 2016.
Ambassador Symington, is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor. He was raised in Missouri and comes from a distinguished political family. His grandfather, W Stuart Symington Jr. was the first Secretary of the Air Force from 1947 to 1950, and served as the US Senator from Missouri from 1953 to 1976. His father, James W Symington served in the US House of Representatives from 1969 to 1977, representing Missouri’s Second Congressional District.
For his educational background, Symington earned a bachelor’s degree from Brown University, and a Juris Doctorate from Columbia University. Afterwards, he clerked for the Chief Judge of the Eastern District of Missouri, then litigated and practiced corporate law in New York, London, Paris, and St. Joseph, Missouri, before becoming a Foreign Service Officer in 1986.
the capable diplomat, Ambassador Symington has a broad background in US policy with experience assisting with peacekeeping missions, democratic transition and consolidation, counter-terrorism, economic development, and public health. He has represented the United States in Honduras, Spain, Mexico, Ecuador, Niger, Iraq, and many other vital roles in Washington, in addition to an assignment as the Foreign Policy Advisor to the Commander, North American Aerospace Command and U.S. Northern Command. He also taught at the National Defense University’s Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia.
Symington possesses a wide background working in Africa, having formerly served as the Chief of Mission in Rwanda  from 2008 to 2011 and Djibouti from 2006 to 2008, as well as the Special Representative for the Central African Republic from 2014 to 2015. Most recently, he was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Central Africa and African Security Affairs before being nominated to his current position.
The multilingual Envoy who has received several  Department of State awards is married to Susan and they have two children. For the occasion, he was accompanied by Mrs Symington, Deputy Chief of Mission David J. Young, USAID Mission Director Michael Harvey, and Senior Defense Attaché Colonel Patrick Doyle.

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