WASHINGTON (JTA) — Jeffrey Feltman, the former assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern Affairs, was appointed the political chief of the United Nations.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made the appointment of Feltman as the U.N.’s undersecretary-general for political affairs on Monday. The career U.S. diplomat succeeds another American, B. Lynn Pascoe.
During his service as assistant secretary of state, Feltman played an important role in U.S. policy in the Middle East, particularly with the Arab Spring uprisings in Egypt and Syria. He joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1986 and was the former U.S. ambassador to Lebanon.