Nolan, Jr., Edwin Richard - Republic of Suriname - May 2015



SUBJECT: Ambassadorial Nomination: Certificate of
Demonstrated Competence -- Foreign Service
Act, Section 304(a)(4)

POST: Republic of Suriname

CANDIDATE: Edwin Richard Nolan, Jr.

Edwin Nolan, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, currently serves as Minister Counselor for Political Affairs at U.S. Embassy Ottawa, Canada, a position he has held since 2013. His leadership positions in 34 years in the Foreign Service include serving as Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) in Nicosia, and as Chargé d’Affaires and DCM in the The Hague, the former governing power of Suriname. His breadth of overseas and Washington experience, combined with his inclusive management style, make him an excellent choice for Ambassador in Suriname.

Previously, Mr. Nolan served as Chargé d’Affaires and DCM, U.S. Embassy The Hague (2010-2013), Director, Office of Canadian Affairs, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, (2008-2010), Political Officer, Office of European Union Affairs, Bureau of European Affairs (2007-2008), and Deputy Director, Office of United Kingdom, Benelux and Ireland, Bureau of European Affairs (2005-2007). He also served as DCM, U.S. Embassy Nicosia, Cyprus (2002-2005), Chief of the Political/Economic Section, U.S. Embassy Dublin, Ireland (1998-2002), and as Deputy Director and Political Officer in the Office of Policy, Planning and Coordination, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs (1996-1998). Prior to that, he was State/Defense Exchange Officer serving as Country Director for the Nordics, Office of the Secretary of Defense (1994-1996), and Desk Officer for Italy, Vatican and Malta, Office of Western European Affairs, Bureau of European Affairs (1992-1994). His early assignments with the Department included serving as Political-Military Officer, U.S. Embassy Oslo, Norway, Political-Military Officer in the Office of North Atlantic Treaty Organization Affairs, Bureau of European Affairs, Member of the U.S. Delegation to the Conference on Confidence and Security Building Measures and Disarmament in Europe, Political Officer in the Office of Strategic Technology Affairs, and Rotational Officer at U.S. Embassy Ottawa, Canada.

Mr. Nolan earned a B.A. from Boston College in 1977, and has won multiple Department of State Honor Awards. His languages are Spanish, Norwegian and German.