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 Egypt
CANDIDATE: Jonathan R. Cohen
Jonathan Cohen, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, has served as the Acting U.S. Representative to the United Nations and Acting U.S. Representative to the United Nations Security Council since January 2019, as Deputy U.S. Representative from June-December 2018 and was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs from 2016 – 2018. He also held senior leadership positions overseas including Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy Baghdad, Iraq (2014 – 2016) and Acting Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy Paris, France (2013 – 2014). His distinguished record of leadership, coupled with his extensive policy and regional experience make him an excellent candidate to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Egypt.
Among Mr. Cohen’s other assignments was service as Minister Counselor for Political Affair, U.S. Embassy Paris, France (2011 – 2013) and as Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy Nicosia, Cyprus (2008 – 2011). Earlier Mr. Cohen was the Acting Minister Counselor for Political Affairs at U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy (2007 – 2008) and Counselor for Political-Military Affairs at U.S. Embassy Rome (2004 – 2007). He was Political Advisor to Operation Northern Watch and Iraq Watcher at U.S. Embassy Ankara, Turkey from 2000 – 2004. He was also Political Advisor to ORHA-North/Coalition Provisional Authority Governance Team in Erbil and Baghdad (2003) and USAID/Economic/Commercial Officer for the West Bank at U.S. Consulate General Jerusalem, Israel (1989-1991).
Mr. Cohen received an A.B. degree in Politics and a Certificate in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University, Princeton, N.J. in 1985. He is the recipient of numerous State Department awards including a Distinguished Honor Award and the James Clement Dunn Award for Excellence. He was also the recipient of the U.S Department of the Army Commander’s Award for Civilian Service. He speaks French, Swedish and Italian.