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Stephen Schwartz (diplomat)

Stephen Michael Schwartz (born 1958)[1] is an American career diplomat. He served as the United States Ambassador to Somalia from July 2016 to October 2017.

Stephen Schwartz
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United States Ambassador to Somalia
In office
June 27, 2016 – October 6, 2017
PresidentBarack Obama
Donald Trump
Preceded byPosition re-established
James Bishop (as Ambassador in 1991)
Succeeded byDonald Yamamoto
Personal details
Born1958 (age 60–61)
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
Alma materMiami University
SOAS, University of London
National Defense University


Early lifeEdit

Stephen Schwartz was born in Buffalo, New York.[2]

Schwartz was educated at the Williamsville South High School in Williamsville, New York.[2] He graduated from Miami University with a bachelor of science degree in 1980.[3] He earned a master of arts degree from SOAS, University of London in 1988, and a master of science degree from the National Defense University's National War College in 2008.[3] He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon and Washington, D.C..[3]


Stephen Schwartz signs his appointment papers to become the next U.S. Ambassador to Somalia during a ceremony at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., in July 2016

Upon joining the United States Foreign Service, Schwartz served in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Bujumbura, Burundi; and Nairobi, Kenya.[3] He subsequently served in Havana, Cuba; Pretoria, South Africa; and Port Louis, Mauritius, followed by the Office of Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands; and Lusaka, Zambia.[3] He served as chargé d'affaires to Comoros, Mauritius and the Seychelles from June 2005 until October 2006. He served as Director of the Office of West African Affairs, Bureau of African Affairs, from 2013 to 2015.[2][3]

Schwartz served as the United States Ambassador to Somalia from July 2016 to October 2017.[2][4] He resigned on October 6, 2017.[5]


  1. ^ Stephen Michael Schwartz (1958–)
  2. ^ a b c d Buckley, Eileen (June 27, 2016). "Buffalo native to serve as next ambassador to Somalia". WBFO 88.7. Retrieved June 28, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Schwartz, Stephen Michael - Federal Republic of Somalia - February 2016". United States Department of State. Retrieved June 28, 2016.
  4. ^ Dockins, Pamela (June 27, 2016). "US, Somalia Launch New Chapter in Relations". Voice of America. Retrieved June 28, 2016.
  5. ^ Hassan, Mohamed Olad (2017-10-06). "US Ambassador to Somalia Resigns". VOA. Retrieved 2018-12-18.

External linksEdit

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