Meet the New US Ambassador to Kosovo

Jeffrey M. Hovenier, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister-Counselor, currently serves as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, where he served as Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. from August 2018 through July 2019.  Prior to that, he was Acting Deputy Chief of Mission and Minister-Counselor for Political Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, Germany.  

He has also served at U.S. missions in Croatia, Greece, Panama, Paraguay, and Peru; at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE); on the staff of the UN Special Envoy for Kosovo Status; and on temporary assignments in Serbia, Montenegro, and the U.S. delegation to the 1999 Kosovo Peace Talks.  His Washington assignments include service as Director for Central and Southeastern European Affairs at the National Security Council and in the State Department’s European Bureau with responsibility for NATO and Central European Affairs. Mr. Hovenier has spent much of his career, spanning over 31 years, in the European and Eurasia region with a focus on security issues.  This extensive and substantive experience in the region, coupled with his management experience and demonstrated ability to lead large interagency teams as well as policy-oriented offices, makes him a well-qualified candidate to be the U.S. Ambassador to Kosovo.

Mr. Hovenier has received numerous Superior Honor and Senior Performance Awards and holds government honors from the Republic of Kosovo.  A native of Washington State, he has a Master’s degree from Georgetown University and a Bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University.  He speaks German, Greek, Croatian, and Spanish.

In 4th June 2018 – The then President of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci, honoured American diplomat Jeffrey Hovenier,  with the Presidential Jubilee Medal of the 10th Anniversary of Independence, for his contribution to the freedom and independence of Kosovo.

President Thaçi thanked the US diplomat for the contribution he has given to the Rambouillet Conference, the Vienna Process and the state building process of Kosovo.

“Your support and the support of the USA in all the political processes have been decisive for Kosovo’s freedom and independence. We will be grateful forever”, said President Thaçi.

On the other hand, American diplomat Jeffrey Hovenier said that the American attitude has always been in support of Kosovo’s freedom and independence.

“My family and I feel very honored. The positive changes in Kosovo are impressive. I will always be a friend of Kosovo”, he said.

President Thaçi has said that Hovenier and many other US diplomats are heroes of Kosovo’s freedom and independence.


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