U.S. Department of State

Christopher W.S. Ross
Coordinator For Counterterrorism

Christopher W.S. Ross, a career Foreign Service Officer, took up duties as Coordinator for Counterterrorism of the Department of State in March 1998. He served previously as U.S. Ambassador to Syria (1991-98) and Algeria (1988-91).

Ambassador Ross began his career with the U.S. Information Agency (USIA) in 1968. In 1979, he was assigned to the Department of State, serving as Executive Assistant to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs (1985-88), Director of Regional Affairs in the Bureau of Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs (1984-85), Special Assistant to the Special Presidential Envoys to Lebanon and the Middle East (1982-84), Public Affairs Adviser to the Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs (1981-82), and Deputy Chief of Mission at the American Embassy in Algiers (1979-81).

With USIA, Ambassador Ross held posts as Public Affairs officer in Algiers (1976-79), Information Officer in Beirut (1973-76), Branch Public Affairs officer in Fez (1970-73), and junior officer trainee in Tripoli (1969-70) and Washington (1968-69).

Ambassador Ross received Presidential Meritorious Service Awards in 1983, 1985, 1989, and 1993, the Department of State's Distinguished Honor Award in 1997 and its Superior Honor Award in 1988, and USIA's Superior Honor Award in 1976 and 1984. He speaks Arabic, French, and Greek.

Born on March 3, 1943 in Quito, Ecuador--where his father, a career Foreign Service Officer, was posted--Ambassador Ross received a B.A. from Princeton in 1965 and an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in 1967.

Before joining the Foreign Service, Ambassador Ross worked as an editorial assistant with the Middle East Journal (1965-68) and taught Arabic at Columbia (1966) and Princeton (1967) Universities.

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