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Nancy Ely-Raphel
U.S. Ambassador to Slovenia

Nancy Ely-Raphel was nominated by President Clinton on April 2, 1998, confirmed by the Senate on June 26, 1998, and sworn-in by U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Pickering on August 13, 1998. She presented her credentials on September 2, 1998.

As Coordinator for Bosnia, where she was a principal player in formulating programs to implement the Dayton Peace Accords; as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor; and as Assistant Legal Adviser for African Affairs at the State Department, Nancy Halliday Ely-Raphel has played an extraordinary and decisive role in furthering democracy around the globe. She has been a principal player in formulating programs to address human rights and humanitarian concerns in eastern and central Europe and the former Soviet Union. An expert on Africa, she played a critical role in developing a legal assistance program for political detainees inside South Africa and drafted the document which formed the basis for the Constitution adopted by the first democratically elected government in the republic of Namibia.

A graduate of Syracuse University and the University of San Diego School of Law, Nancy Ely-Raphel was Assistant United States Attorney, Deputy City Attorney in San Diego, Associate Dean of Boston University School of Law, and senior trial attorney with the Organized Crime Strike Force of the Department of Justice before joining the State Department.

Ms. Ely-Raphel has been the recipient of various awards, including the Presidential Rank Award of Distinguished Executive in 1991, the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive in 1986 and 1994, Superior Honor Awards from the Department of State, and her law school's Distinguished Alumni award. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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