FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 27, 1998
Release No. 49-98

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United States Information Agency
- News Release

BRIAN CARLSON NAMED DIRECTOR
OF USIA WEST EUROPEAN AND CANADIAN AFFAIRS


Washington, D.C. -- Brian E. Carlson was named Director of West European and Canadian Affairs (WEU) at the United States Information Agency (USIA) on July 6, 1998. Mr. Carlson holds the rank of Minister-Counselor and has served more than 28 years in the U. S. Foreign Service.

Mr. Carlson also has been assigned by USIA Director Joseph Duffey to develop a pilot project to bring about closer cooperation between WEU and the Department of State's Bureau of European and Canadian Affairs (EUR).

Prior to this assignment, Mr. Carlson was the Public Affairs Officer in Spain from 1994 to 1998. There he was instrumental in founding the U.S.-Spain Council and in increasing private sponsorship of U.S.-Spanish academic exchanges. During his 1991 to 1993 assignment as Deputy Director of European Affairs, Mr. Carlson directed USIA's rapid expansion of public diplomacy programs in Eastern Europe, Russia, and the Newly Independent States of the former Soviet Union.

Since joining the Foreign Service in 1970, Mr. Carlson has served in Caracas, Belgrade, Sofia, Oslo, and London. During an earlier Washington assignment, he was Director of the State Department's Press Office from 1983 to 1985, and executive assistant to USIA's Counselor and Deputy Director from 1981 to 1983. He speaks Spanish, Serbo-Croatian, Bulgarian, and Norwegian.

Raised in Alexandria, Va., Brian Carlson graduated from St. Stephen's School there and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vanderbilt University in 1969. He and his wife now reside in Reston, Va.

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