US to replace its top diplomats on Eurasia...

The United States will soon have new principal diplomats dealing with European and Eurasian regions, TURAN"s Washington DC correspondent was told by the diplomatic sources. 

"The changes will serve to strengthen Washington"s hand, while addressing the challenges of wider Caucasus, Black Sea and surrounding regions, from security to frozen conflicts, from democracy to economy..." a source said, adding, the US is committed to "get things done" in Eurasia, when it comes to "the regional conflicts, especially".

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland is rumored to be in the mix to succeed Philip Gordon as Assistant Secretary for Europe and Eurasia issues. 

Gordon, a longtime diplomat with more than 15 years of experience on Eurasia affairs, was last week named by the White House as a Special Assistant to the President and Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa and the Persian Gulf. He has served as Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasian Affairs since 2009. He also was a senior foreign policy adviser to Barack Obama during the 2008 Presidential campaign.

Being a career diplomat who in the recent past specialized in Europe, Nuland served as the principal deputy foreign policy adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney during the George W. Bush administration, and then as a US ambassador to NATO. During the Barack Obama administration, she was a special envoy for Conventional Armed Forces in Europe before assuming her current position as State Department spokesperson in summer 2011

Another top Eurasia diplomat Tina Kaidanow, a former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Europe, is currently being among a few candidates that are rumored to be under consideration by the White House to the National Security Staff Senior Director for Europe position, a diplomatic source said.

Kaidanow, who currently serves as Deputy Ambassador to Afghanistan, is expected to replace Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, who last week was appointed as the first White House Coordinator for Defense Policy, Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction, and Arms Control. -25D-


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