Symington, W. Stuart - Federal Republic of Nigeria - July 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: Federal Republic of Nigeria
CANDIDATE: W. Stuart Symington
W. Stuart Symington, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, currently serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Department of State’s Bureau of African Affairs, a position he has held since 2015. A two-time ambassador in Africa, Mr. Symington has extensive regional experience. He also has a broad background in U.S. policy and programs supporting peacekeeping missions, democratic transition and consolidation, counter-terrorism, economic development and public health, which make him very well-qualified to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country.
Previously, Mr. Symington served as Special Representative for the Central African Republic in the Department’s Bureau of African Affairs (2014-2015), and as Political Advisor at U.S. Northern Command /NORAD in Colorado Springs (2011-2014). He also served as U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda (2008-2011) and Djibouti (2006-2008). Prior to that, he served as the Department’s Representative at the Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Virginia (2005-2006), Political Officer at U.S. Embassy Baghdad, Iraq (2004-2005), and Deputy Director of the Office of West African Affairs in the Department’s Bureau of African Affairs (2003-2005). Mr. Symington also served as Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy Niamey, Niger (2001-2003), Political Officer, U.S. Embassy Quito, Ecuador (1997-2001), and as a Pearson Fellow in the Office of U.S. Congressman Ike Skelton (1996-1997). After joining the Foreign Service in 1986, Mr. Symington also served in Honduras, Spain, and Mexico, as well as in the Office of the Under Secretary for Political Affairs.
Mr. Symington earned a B.A. from Brown University, and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law. He has won numerous Department of State performance awards. His languages are French and Spanish.