Jeffrey D. Feltman, a career Foreign Service Officer, has been U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs since February 2008. He came to the Bureau from four years as U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon and service in Iraq with the Coalition Provisional Authority.
From January to April 2004, Mr. Feltman headed the Coalition Provisional Authority's office in the Irbil province of Iraq and simultaneously served as Deputy Regional Coordinator for CPA's northern area.
He was Deputy Principal Officer, then Acting Provisional Officer, from August 2001 until December 2003,at the U.S. Consulate-General in Jerusalem. From the summer of 2000 to July 2001, he was the Special Assistant on Peace Process issues to U.S. Ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk. Before that, he spent two years as Chief of the Political and Economic Section at the U.S. Mission to Tunisia, and 1995-1998 at the Tel Aviv embassy specializing in Gaza Strip economics. In preparation for Middle East service, he studied Arabic at the University of Jordan in Amman from 1994 to 1995 after joining the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs in 1993.
From 1991 to 1993, Mr. Feltman served in the office of Deputy SecretaryLawrence Eagleburger as a Special Assistant concentrating on the coordination of U.S. assistance to the formerly Communist countries of Eastern and Central Europe. Mr. Feltman served as an economic officer at the U.S. Mission to Hungary from 1988 to 1991. Mr. Feltman's first tour in the U.S. Foreign Service was as a consular officer in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
He received his undergraduate degree in history and fine arts from Ball State University in 1981 and his Master's degree in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in 1983. Mr. Feltman speaks French, Arabic and Hungarian.