Sterling Adam H. - Slovakia - January 2016


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 Slovakia

CANDIDATE: Adam H. Sterling

Adam H. Sterling, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor, currently serves as Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. Embassy The Hague, Netherlands, a position he has held since 2014 after serving as Chargé d’Affaires in The Hague beginning in 2013. He has outstanding interpersonal skills, is an excellent manager and excels under pressure. His two assignments as Deputy Chief of Mission, in The Hague and also in Baku, Azerbaijan from 2010 to 2013 where he also served twice as Chargé d’ Affaires, as well as his extensive experience working on central and eastern European issues have prepared him well to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Slovakia.

Prior to serving in Baku, Mr. Sterling served as the Director for Central and Eastern European Affairs on the National Security Council Staff (2006-2009), and as Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs (2005-2006). He also served as Political Officer at U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv, Israel (2001-2005), and as Political Officer at U.S. Embassy Almaty, Kazakhstan (1998-2001). Prior to that, Mr. Sterling served as the Desk Officer for Turkmenistan in the Office of Central Asian Affairs, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, (1995-1997), and as Political Officer and General Services Officer at U.S. Embassy Brussels, Belgium (1993-1995). He also served as Consular Officer at U.S. Embassy Lima, Peru (1991-1993), after joining the Foreign Service in 1990.

Mr. Sterling earned a Bachelor’s degree from Grinnell College in 1981 and a Master’s degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 1990. He has won numerous Department of State awards for his outstanding performance. Mr. Sterling speaks French, Spanish, Russian, Azerbaijani and Dutch.