The Trump administration Friday nominated Thomas Hushek to be U.S. ambassador to the Republic of South Sudan. Hushek has been an American diplomat since 1988.
He serves as the Acting Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO) at the U.S. Department of State.
Hushek also served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Mission at U.S. embassies in Dushanbe, Tajikistan (2006-08), and Kolonia, Micronesia (2002-04).
He has extensive experience in Afghanistan, where he served as Senior Director for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement in Kabal (2012-2013), and the Senior Civilian Representative at the Herat Provincial Reconstruction Team and regional Command West (2004-05), and as Afghan Refugee Coordinator in Islamabad and Kabul (1999-2002).
Hushek has served a total of eight U.S. missions overseas, including Director of Europe, Central Asia, and the Americas in the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (2010-12).
Hushek has a master's degree in international affairs from Columbia University and a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.