Chargé d’Affaires a.i.
Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Paul Poletes
Paul Poletes assumed his duties as Charge d’Affaires a.i. at the U. S. Embassy on September 12, 2014 pending U.S. Senate action on the nomination by President Obama of Allan Mustard as the next U. S. Ambassador to Turkmenistan. Since joining the Foreign Service as a member of the 88th Entry Class in 1998, Paul has served in Greece, Bangladesh, Kyrgyzstan, Albania and in Washington, most recently as deputy director in the Office of Central Asian Affairs, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs. Paul graduated from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, with a degree in political science. Paul has master’s degrees from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and from the National Defense University, College of International Security Affairs. Paul is married and has two children.