Nomination of Arnold Lewis Raphel To Be United States Ambassador to Pakistan


October 15, 1986


The President today announced his intention to nominate Arnold Lewis Raphel, of New Jersey, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, as Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. He succeeds Dean Roesch Hinton.


Mr. Raphel joined the Foreign Service in 1966 and took Persian language training at the Foreign Institute. He was assigned as vice consul to the American consulate in Isfahan, Iran, from 1967 to 1969. From there he went to the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran, as political officer for a year before returning to Washington as a watch officer in the Department's Operations Center. In 1972 he became staff assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs; and then in 1973 - 1975 he served as special assistant to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs. Mr. Raphel was then assigned as political officer at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, from 1975 to 1978. He returned to Washington in 1978 to become a member of the Policy Planning Staff, where he worked until he was appointed Senior Special Assistant to the Secretary of State, 1979 - 1981. He attended the senior seminar from 1981 to 1982 and then became Senior Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs. Since 1984 he has been Senior Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs.


Mr. Raphel graduated from Hamilton College (B.A., 1964) and the Maxwell School at Syracuse University (M.A., 1966). His foreign languages are Urdu, French, and Persian. He has one child; and he was born March 16, 1943, in Troy, NY.