U.S. Department of State
BIOGRAPHY

JEFFREY DAVIDOW
ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE FOR INTER-AMERICAN AFFAIRS

Jeffrey Davidow was sworn in by Secretary of State Warren Christopher as Assistant Secretary for Inter-American Affairs on August 7, 1996. Ambassador Davidow has spent much of his twenty-seven year career focusing on Latin America. He has served in American Embassies in Guatemala and Chile and was Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Caracas from 1986 to 1988. He returned to Venezuela as Ambassador in September 1993, and became Acting Assistant Secretary for Inter-American Affairs in May 1996.

He was Ambassador to Zambia from 1988 to 1990 and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the African Bureau from 1990 to 1993. He participated in peace negotiations in southern Africa and is the author of a number of articles and a book on the process of negotiations.

Ambassador Davidow studied at the University of Massachusetts (BA, 1965), the University of Minnesota (MA, 1967), and at Osmania University in Hyderabad, India (1968-69). While in the Foreign Service he spent one year as a Fellow of the American Political Science Association working as a congressional staff aide (1979) and another year as a Fellow of the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University (1982).

Ambassador Davidow is married to the former Joan Labuzoski. The couple has two daughters.

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