Rubinstein, Daniel H. - Republic of Tunisia - June 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: Republic of Tunisia

CANDIDATE: Daniel H. Rubinstein

Daniel H. Rubinstein, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, currently serves as the Department’s Special Envoy for Syria in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, a position he has held since 2014. Mr. Rubinstein is well-known for his extensive service throughout the Middle East and leadership in managing large, multi-agency posts. His broad overseas experience, service in key leadership positions in Washington, and work on highly-visible, complicated policy issues, including as Special Envoy for Syria, make him uniquely qualified to serve with distinction as U.S. Ambassador to Tunisia.

Previously, Mr. Rubinstein served in the Department as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Intelligence and Research (2012-2014). Prior to that, he was Consul General, U.S. Consulate General Jerusalem (2009-2012), Chief, Civilian Observer Unit, Multinational Force and Observers, Sinai, Egypt (2008-2009), and Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy Amman, Jordan (2005-2008). He also served as Director, Office of Israel and Palestinian Affairs, Washington, D.C. (2004-2005), Science Counselor, U.S. Embassy Brasilia, Brazil (2002-2004), Economic Section Chief, U.S. Embassy Damascus, Syria (1999-2002), and Director, Arabic Field School, Foreign Service Institute, Tunis, Tunisia (1998-1999). His early assignments with the Department included serving as Economic Officer in the Office of Israel and Arab-Israeli Affairs, Economic/ Commercial Officer, U.S. Embassy Luanda, Angola, Foreign Affairs Economic Analyst in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, and as a Junior Officer at U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv, Israel.

Mr. Rubinstein earned a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1989 and has won numerous Department performance awards. His languages are Arabic, Portuguese, and Hebrew.