- By Laura RozenLaura Rozen writes The Cable daily at ForeignPolicy.com.
Former Indiana Congressman Tim Roemer (D-IN), left, will be nominated to be U.S. ambassador to India, The Cable has learned. The former member of the 9/11 commission and president of the Center for National Policy endorsed Obama early and was key to his electoral victory in Indiana, a Washington foreign-policy hand explained. Roemer was on a conference call and could not be immediately reached for comment.
Lots is going to come out very soon on the ambassador front, sources said, including the Roemer nomination. Roemer associates had previously conveyed his disappointment at getting passed over for the CIA job, which went to Leon Panetta.
All the key Europe ambassador jobs are expected to go to Obama people, not Clinton people, with one exception, the source said. Former Clinton foreign policy advisor Lee Feinstein is expected to get nominated for an ambassador position in Eastern Europe, possibly Poland. (Feinstein, a former deputy director of policy planning now with the Brookings Institution, previously declined to comment). The decisions are a sign that the ambassador appointments are all coming out of the White House, not the State Department.
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has declined the Paris job, associates say, and it will go to someone else. It’s not clear who will get it, but is said to be someone who comes from the world outside of Washington foreign policy circles.
The current U.S. ambassador to Moscow, John Beyrle, may stay on the job.
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Previously, Josh covered defense and foreign policy as a staff writer for Congressional Quarterly, writing extensively on Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantánamo Bay, U.S.-Asia relations, defense budgeting and appropriations, and the defense lobbying and contracting industries. Prior to that, he covered military modernization, cyber warfare, space, and missile defense for Federal Computer Week Magazine. He has also served as Pentagon Staff Reporter for the Asahi Shimbun, Japan's leading daily newspaper, in its Washington, D.C., bureau, where he reported on U.S.-Japan relations, Chinese military modernization, the North Korean nuclear crisis, and more.
A graduate of George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs, Josh lived in Yokohama, Japan, and studied at Tokyo's Sophia University. He speaks conversational Japanese and has reported from the region. He has also worked at the House International Relations Committee, the Embassy of Japan, and the Brookings Institution.
Josh's reporting has been featured on CNN, MSNBC, C-Span, CBS, ABC, NPR, WTOP, and several other outlets. He was a 2008-2009 National Press Foundation's Paul Miller Washington Reporting Fellow, 2009 military reporting fellow with the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism and the 2011 recipient of the InterAction Award for Excellence in International Reporting. He hails from Philadelphia and lives in Washington, D.C.| The Cable |