THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES DOUGLAS ALAN HARTWICK AS U.S. AMBASSADOR TO LAOS
The President today announced his intent to nominate Douglas Alan Hartwick to be U.S. Ambassador to the Lao People's Democratic Republic.
Mr. Douglas Alan Hartwick, a native of the State of Washington, is a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor. His primary areas of specialization have been economic and Asian affairs. Beginning his career with the Department of State in 1977, his first overseas assignment was as Economic/Consular Officer at the American Embassy in Niamey, Niger. He subsequently served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the American Embassy in Bangui, Central African Republic and as Economic Counselor at the American Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. His Washington assignments included Director of the Office of Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, and Singapore Affairs in the bureau of East Asia and Pacific Bureau, Economist in the Office of International Energy Policy in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, and staff assistant to the Under Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs. His most recent overseas assignment was as Counselor for Economic and Scientific Affairs in the American Embassy in New Delhi, India.
Mr. Hartwick earned a B.A. degree from the College of William and Mary and graduate degrees from the National War College, Stanford University, and Washington State University. He has been awarded the State Department's Superior Honor Award in 1983, 1985, and 1989, and the Meritorious Honor Award in 1997.