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E. Anthony "Tony" Wayne has been the United States Ambassador to Mexico since 2011. He was formerly Coordinating Director for Development and Economic Affairs in the U.S. Mission to Afghanistan. He is a Foreign Service Officer with the rank of Career Minister, addressed as "Ambassador" since he came from a post as U.S. Ambassador to Argentina in June 2009. His role in Afghanistan was to oversee all U.S. government non-military assistance to the Afghan nation. [1]

Bilateral cooperation between the United States and Argentina, expressed in an op-ed for the Argentinian press, [2] was one of his major themes in Argentina, including international law enforcement, drug trade, peace operations, human rights, and educational and scientific cooperation. He promoted U.S. interests for the over 500 U.S. firms based in Argentina, as well as increasing substantial increases in bilateral trade and tourism; the message to Argentinians requesting visas was "We welcome you and will do whatever we can to help you visit the US."[2] He was involved with Argentine civil society and non-governmental organizations. He received the Paul Wellstone Anti-Slavery Ambassador of the Year Award for his work against trafficking in persons in Argentina.

Prior to the Argentina post, he was Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs from June 2000 until June 2006. Responsibilities there include post-conflict economic assistance, economic warfare, development and economic reform policies, combating the financing of terrorism including the trade in blood diamonds.

He focused on European affairs in the 1990s, including relations with the European Union, the OECD, the G-8, regional economic and global issues, Nazi restitution, bureau management, and U.S.-Canadian relations during 1996-97. Ambassador Wayne was Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Mission to the European Union, 1993-96. From 1991 to 1993, he was Director for Western European Affairs at the National Security Council. He was involved in the Stability Pact Summit held in Sarajevo in 1999.

Ambassador Wayne was Director for Regional Affairs for the U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Counter-Terrorism during 1989-91. He took a leave of absence and worked as the national security correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor, 1987-89. He served as First Secretary at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, 1984-87.

Ambassador Wayne was Special Assistant to Secretaries of State Alexander Haig and George Schultz from 1981 to 1983. During the tenure of Secretary Muskie, he served in the State Department's Executive Secretariat.

References

  1. Earl Anthony "Tony" Wayne: Coordinating Director for Development and Economic Affairs, U.S. Embassy, Kabul, Afghanistan
  2. 2.0 2.1 E. Anthony Wayne (11 July 2007), Knowing each other is the foundation of the Bilateral Relationship, U.S. Embassy, Buenos Aires, Argentina