Roebuck, William V. - Kingdom of Bahrain - August 2014


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: Kingdom of Bahrain

CANDIDATE: William V. Roebuck

William V. Roebuck, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Counselor, currently serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Egypt and Maghreb Affairs in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs of the Department of State. Known as an expert in the intricacies of Middle East politics, economics and culture, he is skilled at conducting influential outreach to important communities and dealing with complex political situations. A talented leader and program manager, with training as an attorney, he will bring critical skills to the task of advancing bilateral relations with the Government of Bahrain, an important U.S. partner in managing the problems of the Middle East.

Previously, he served in the Department of State as Charge d’Affaires, U.S. Embassy Tripoli, Libya (01/2013-07/2013), Director, Office of Maghreb Affairs (2010-2012), Deputy Political Counselor, U.S. Embassy Baghdad, Iraq (2009-2010), Deputy Office Director, Office of Arabian Peninsula Affairs (2007-2009), Head, Political Section, U.S. Embassy Damascus, Syria (2004-2007), Political Officer, U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv, Israel (2000-2003), Staff Assistant, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (1997-1998), Consular Officer and Political Officer Rotation, U.S. Consulate, Jerusalem (1995-1997) and Consular Officer, U.S. Embassy Kingston, Jamaica (1992-1994). He was an English teacher in Taif, Saudi Arabia and a Peace Corps Volunteer English Teacher in Cote D’Ivoire.

Mr. Roebuck earned a B.A. and M.A. from Wake Forest University, Winston Salem, North Carolina in 1978 and 1982 respectively, and a J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law in Athens, Georgia in 1992. He was the recipient of the George Foster Hankins Scholarship from Wake Forest University and the Ryan C. Crocker Award for Outstanding Leadership in Expeditionary Diplomacy Award, a Senior Foreign Service Performance Award, three Superior Honor Awards and four Meritorious Honor Awards from the Department of State. He speaks French and Arabic.