July 12, 2006

The New US Ambassador in Bolivia and an Interview With Evo

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Two things I wanted to briefly mention. Bolivia has nominated Gustavo Guzman as the new Bolivian Ambassador in the US and the US government has appointed another career diplomat, Philip S. Goldberg, as the new American Ambassador in Bolivia.

Gustavo Guzman is a journalist who worked in La Razon and La Prensa (La Paz newspapers) and the weekly, Pulso. He worked as a communications advisor to the La Paz Mayor, Juan del Granado. Also worked with former ADN La Paz Mayor, Ronald McLean. In his youth he was militant of the Bolivian Communist Party (PCB).

Here you can read an interview by La Razon.

Goldberg has a long career at the State Department. Here is what it said in the website of the Pristina office.

Mr. Philip Goldberg, the new Chief of Mission of the U.S. Office Pristina, arrived in Kosovo on Thursday, August 12, to assume his post. Mr. Goldberg will lead the U.S. Mission for the next two years. He served most recently as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Santiago, Chile (2001-2004).

Mr. Goldberg, a career member of the U.S. Senior Foreign Service, served from January to June 2001 as acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs. He came to that position after having been a senior member of the State Department team handling the transition from the Clinton to Bush Administrations.

Mr. Goldberg served as Special Assistant (1996-1998) and then Executive Assistant (1998-2000) to Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott. From 1994 to 1996 Mr. Goldberg was the State Department’s Bosnia Desk Officer and a Special Assistant to Ambassador Richard Holbrooke. In the latter capacity, he was a member of the American negotiating team in the lead-up to the Dayton Peace Conference and Chief of Staff for the American Delegation at Dayton.

Mr. Goldberg has served overseas as a consular and political officer at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, Colombia, and political-economic officer in Pretoria, South Africa.

Before joining the Foreign Service, Mr. Goldberg worked for several years as a liaison officer between the City of New York and the United Nations and consular community. Mr. Goldberg is a native of Boston, Massachusetts, and a graduate of Boston University.

On another topic, I wanto to direct readers to a translation of an interview with Evo Morales by an argentinean newspaper here. Jonathan Olguin, at Business and Politics in Bolivia has done the work.