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Jeffrey A. Bader
Ambassador to the Republic of Namibia


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Biography

Jeffrey A. Bader arrived in Namibia on October 1, 1999 to assumes his duties as the U.S. Ambassador to Namibia. Prior to his nomination, Mr. Bader served as Director for Asian Affairs at the National Security Council with responsibility for U.S. relations with China.

A member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister Counselor, Ambassador Bader joined the State Department in 1975. His post assignments include Kinshasa and Lubumbashi, Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) where he served as a Political and Economic Officer; Taipei, Taiwan where he studied Chinese; Beijing, China as a Political Officer; the U.S. Mission to the United Nations as a Political Officer; Deputy Chief of Mission in Lusaka, Zambia; and Deputy Consul General in Hong Kong.

Ambassador Bader also served in Washington as Deputy Director of the Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs from 1987 to 1990, and as Director of that same office from 1995 to 1996. In 1996, Ambassador Bader was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs with responsibility for the People's Republic of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Mongolia, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Burma, and Laos.

Ambassador Bader was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1945. He graduated from Yale College in 1967 and earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in European History from Columbia University in 1968 and 1975, respectively.

Ambassador Bader is a two-time recipient of the Department's Superior Honor Award and the Secretary of Defense Award for Meritorious Civilian Service.

Ambassador Bader speaks French and Chinese.

Appointment Date: 8/8/99
Oath of Office: 9/8/99

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