Ted Osius confirmed as U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam

VietNamNet Bridge – The U.S. Senate yesterday confirmed Mr. Ted Osius to become U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam.  

Ted Osius, U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam

Ted Osius (center) in Indonesia. Photo: US Embassy Jakarta.

Osius becomes the seventh openly LGBT individual to be confirmed as an ambassador during the Obama Administration.  

On the US Department of State website, the spokesman of the US Department of State Jeff Rathke said the Senate had also approved the nomination of ambassadors to East Timor, Rwanda and the United Arab Emirates.

Osius, a career member of the Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, is an Associate Professor at the National War College, a position he has held since 2013. He was a Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies from 2012 to 2013.

Osius is a former career diplomat who has served in Indonesia, India, Thailand, the Vatican, Philippines, and Vietnam, and was a senior advisor for international affairs during the Clinton Administration. Osius is married and has one son.

In Vietnam, he served as Political Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City and at the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi from 1997 to 2001.

Prior to that, Osius served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, from 2009 to 2012. Before that, he was Political Minister-Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India from 2006 to 2009.

Osius also served as Deputy Director of the Office of Korean Affairs in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the Department of State from 2004 to 2006.

Before working for the Department of State, he was Regional Environment Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand from 2001 to 2004. From 1998 to 2001, he was Senior Advisor on International Affairs in the Office of the Vice President at the White House.

Other positions he has held include Staff Aide and Political Officer at the United States Mission to the United Nations, Political and Management Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Vatican City, The Holy See, and Political and Consular Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Manila, the Philippines.

From 1985 to 1987, he was a Legislative Correspondent in the Office of U.S. Senator Al Gore, Jr. Osius received an A.B. from Harvard College and an M.S. from the School of Advanced International Studies at The Johns Hopkins University.

Former US ambassador to Vietnam, Mr. David Shear, has appointed Assistant Secretary of Defense in charge of East Asia - Pacific.


Ted Osius, U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam