Hale, David - Islamic Republic of Pakistan - March 2015


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: Islamic Republic of Pakistan

CANDIDATE: David Hale

David Hale, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Career-Minister, currently serves as Ambassador to Lebanon. Having served extensively in the Near East and South Asia, often under difficult circumstances, he brings a wealth of regional experience, a wide range of contacts and a sophisticated understanding of the political scene to this job. Known as a talented leader, consensus builder and manager, with broad experience managing the interagency process, Mr. Hale will bring essential skills to the task of furthering bilateral relations with the Government of Pakistan, a critical U.S. partner in South Asia.

Previously, Mr. Hale served as Special Envoy and Deputy Special Envoy for Middle East Peace (2009-2013), Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (2008-2009), Ambassador to Jordan (2005-2008), and Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) and Charge d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Amman (2003-2005). He also served as the State Department’s Director of the Office of Israel and Palestinian Affairs (2001-2003), DCM in Beirut, Lebanon (1998-2001) and Executive Assistant to the Secretary of State (1997-1998). Earlier in his career, he served as a political officer at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, and overseas in Lebanon, Jordan, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia. Other Washington assignments have included Special Assistant to the Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs, and Staff Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs.

Mr. Hale earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Foreign Service (BSFS) from Georgetown University. He has been the recipient of several Senior Foreign Service Performance Awards, a Presidential Rank Award, the Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award, as well as individual Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards. He speaks and reads Arabic.