NEW YORK, September 23, 2014 - U.S. State Department officials William J. Burns and Nisha Biswal review current efforts to promote a stable, secure, and prosperous Central and South Asia with regional representatives Aizaz Chaudry (Foreign Secretary, Pakistan); Muktar Djumaliev (Ambassador, Kyrgyzstan); Erlan Idrissov (Foreign Minister, Kazakhstan); Farhod Salim (Ambassador, Tajikistan); and Asia Society President Josette Sheeran. In conjunction with United Nations General Assembly 2014. (1 hr., 20 min.)
Nisha Desai Biswal
Nisha Desai Biswal was sworn in as Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs on October 21, 2013. Previously, Ms. Biswal served from September 2010 as Assistant Administrator for Asia at USAID, where she oversaw $1.2 billion in assistance to 22 countries from Central Asia to the Pacific Islands and managed a bureau and overseas staff of over 1200 development professionals. During Biswal's tenure, USAID reopened its mission in Burma and transitioned its programs in countries such as India, Indonesia, and Kazakhstan to global partnerships in development cooperation. Previously at USAID, Biswal had worked in the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance and the Office of Transition Initiatives, and served as chief of staff in the Management bureau and worked with the USAID Administrator. In the House of Representatives, Biswal has served as the majority clerk for the House Appropriations Committee Foreign Operations Subcommittee (HACFO) and as professional staff in the House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC), where she was responsible for South Asia. Biswal also worked at InterAction, the largest alliance of U.S.-based international humanitarian and development nongovernmental organizations, where she was the Director of Public Policy; and at the American Red Cross, where she served as an international delegate in Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan.
Biswal holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia.
William J. Burns
Bill Burns has served as Deputy Secretary of State since July 2011. He holds the highest rank in the Foreign Service, Career Ambassador, and is only the second serving career diplomat in history to become Deputy Secretary.
Ambassador Burns served from 2008 until 2011 as Under Secretary for Political Affairs. He was Ambassador to Russia from 2005 until 2008, Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs from 2001 until 2005, and Ambassador to Jordan from 1998 until 2001. Ambassador Burns has also served in a number of other posts since entering the Foreign Service in 1982, including: Executive Secretary of the State Department and Special Assistant to Secretaries Christopher and Albright; Minister-Counselor for Political Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow; Acting Director and Principal Deputy Director of the State Department's Policy Planning Staff; and Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Near East and South Asian Affairs at the National Security Council.
Ambassador Burns speaks Russian, Arabic, and French, and is the recipient of three Presidential Distinguished Service Awards and a number of Department of State awards, including two Secretary's Distinguished Service Awards, two Distinguished Honor Awards, the 2006 Charles E. Cobb, Jr. Ambassadorial Award for Initiative and Success in Trade Development, the 2005 Robert C. Frasure Memorial Award for Conflict Resolution and Peacemaking, and the James Clement Dunn Award for exemplary performance at the mid-career level.
Ambassador Burns earned a B.A. in History from LaSalle University and M.Phil. and D.Phil. degrees in International Relations from Oxford University, where he studied as a Marshall Scholar. He is the recipient of three honorary doctoral degrees. Ambassador Burns is the author of Economic Aid and American Policy Toward Egypt, 1955-1981 (State University of New York Press, l985). In 1994, he was named to TIME Magazine's list of the "50 Most Promising American Leaders Under Age 40", and to TIME's list of "100 Young Global Leaders."
Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry
Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry is the current (2014) Foreign Secretary of Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry holds a Master's degree in International Relations from Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Medford, Massachusetts.
Muktar Djumaliev was born on June 22, 1972. He graduated from the National University of the Kyrgyz Republic in 1994 , economic faculty; 1997 Law faculty.
2001-2002 study for the Master of International Law and Economics degree in the World Trade Institute, Bern University.
Mr. Djumaliev started his work at the State Committee on Economy of the Kyrgyz Republic as a senior expert of the Department on External Economic Relations.
1996 - Advisor of the Minister of Finance of the Kyrgyz Republic.
1997 - Head of the Department on External Economic Relations and then he was transferred to the National Bank of the Kyrgyz Republic as a - Deputy Director on Investments and Coordination of Technical Assistance.
1998 - the First Secretary of the Permanent Mission of the Kyrgyz Republic to the United Nations Office and other international organisations in Geneva.
2003 - Office of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic, expert of the Economic Policy Department
2003 - First Deputy of Minister of Foreign Trade and Industry of the Kyrgyz Republic.
June 23, 2004 - Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Kyrgyz Republic to the United Nations Office and other international organisations in Geneva.
In August 20, 2004 - Mr. Muktar Djumaliev has presented the Credentials as Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Kyrgyz Republic to the United Nations Office and other international organisations in Geneva, to H.E. Sergei Ordzhonikidze, Director General of the United Nations Office in Geneva.
In September 23, 2004 Ambassador Muktar Djumaliev has presented the Credentials as Permanent Representative of the Kyrgyz Republic to the World Trade Organization.
In November 23, 2004 Ambassador Muktar Djumaliev has presented the Credentials as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kyrgyz Republic to the Swiss Confederation.
In June 2010 appointed as the First deputy chief of staff of the Administration of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic.
Since December 2010 appointed for a position of Ambassador of the Kyrgyz Republic to USA and in April 2011 appointed as Ambassador of the Kyrgyz Republic to Canada with residence in Washington.
M. Djumaliev has a diplomatic rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary.
Erlan Idrissov was born April 28, 1959 in Karkaralinsk. From 1976-1981, he studied English and Urdu at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of the USSR. Mr. Idrissov worked in Pakistan for v/o "Tyazhpromexport" of the USSR State Committee on Economic Cooperation from 1981-1985. During the next five years of his career, he engaged in further studies at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kazakh SSR. Additionally, he attended lectures in Hindi and French at the Diplomatic Academy of the USSR from 1990-1992.
In 1992, Mr. Idrissov was appointed Secretary of the Permanent Mission of Kazakhstan to the United Nations in New York. Three years later, he began work for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan as the Head of the American Department while also acting as the Ambassador-at-Large. Mr. Idrissov later became assistant to the President of Kazakhstan, focusing on international issues, and, in 1997, was nominated the First Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan. Following his service in this position, he was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan in October 1999.
Mr. Idrissov was posted to London in 2002 to serve as Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Norway, and Sweden. He continued to work in Europe until he was appointed Ambassador to the United States on July 7, 2007.
The Ambassador and his wife, Nurilla A. Idrissova, have two sons, Daniar (born in 1983) and Alzhan (born in 1998), and one daughter, Aigerim (born in 1986). He enjoys tennis, ice hockey, golf, horseback riding, and traveling. The Kazakh envoy is also a member of the Royal Automobile Club of London, University Club, the Army- Navy Country Club, Georgetown Club, and the Metropolitan Club of Washington, D.C.
Ambassador of the Republic of Tajikistan to the United States
of America starting May 15, 2014.
Josette Sheeran is the eleventh Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). She was appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Food and Agriculture Organization Director-General Jacques Diouf in November 2006, and began her tenure April 2007. Prior to this post, she served as the United States Under Secretary for Economic, Business, and Agricultural Affairs in the State Department since August 2005.