The USA ambassador in South Africa has been unoccupied since January this year with only acting Todd Haskell as an acting candidate.
President Biden has appointed Reuben Briget, who is a diplomat, academic,c and former naval officer to be the next US ambassador to South Africa as per Washington DC sources. Brigety is currently vice-chancellor and president of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. This is not the first time Brigety is appointed as an ambassador as he was once an Ambassador to Addis Ababa from 2013 to 2015 and before that deputy assistant secretary of state for Africa and regional security affairs since 2011.
When his ambassadorship ended Brigety moved to academia, becoming dean of the Elliot School of international affairs at George Washington University of the South in February 2020. Brigety has also been a deputy assistant secretary of the state in the Bureau of Population, refugee,s and Migration from 2009 to 2011, he supervised the US refugee programs in Africa, managed US humanitarian diplomacy with major international partners, and oversaw the development of international migration policy.
His career began in the navy where he won a two-year scholarship to study international relations at Cambridge University in England, where he earned a Master of Philosophy degree. He later returned as an officer and trained as a submarine officer but later decided to return to Cambridge to earn a doctorate in international relations launching new careers in diplomacy and academia. The US saw Brigety as the outstanding ambassador to South Africa by the look of his experience and achievements. Brigety brings a different career as a military officer, academic leader, and diplomat.
He is well experienced in US-Africa relations from his time as the ambassador to the African Union and during his time in Foggy Bottom State Department during the Obama administration. He is said to be fearless and not afraid to hold the US diplomatic partners to their promises. He will get along well with International relations minister Naledi Pandor and President Ramaphosa and South Africa. The country of South Africa must feel reassured by the appointment of a consummate professional with direct access to the secretary of the state and the White house.
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