New US ambassador Ries presenting credentials to President on October 1

Marcie Ries, Washington’s new envoy in Sofia, was scheduled to present her credentials to Bulgarian President Rossen Plevneliev on October 1 2012.

Ries is a senior US foreign service officer with 34 years of experience in Europe, the Caribbean and the Middle East, the US embassy said.  A specialist in national security and political-military matters, she has worked on UN and Nato issues, strategic arms control, as well as bilateral relations with Western Europe, the Balkans and Iraq.


Marcie Ries, left, arrives in Sofia, September 28 2012. Photo: US embassy










Most recently, Ries was principal deputy assistant secretary in the state department’s bureau of arms control, verification and compliance.  In connection with that assignment, she served as the deputy head of delegation for the negotiation of the New START strategic arms reduction treaty with the Russian Federation.

In 2008-2009, Ries was principal deputy assistant secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs (EUR).  In that capacity, she had responsibility for offices dealing with relations with Nato, the EU and Western Europe, as well as strategic planning and personnel.  EUR includes 50 countries and 72 posts.
From 2007-2008, Ries was minister-counsellor for political-military affairs in Baghdad, Iraq.
She has also served as US ambassador to Albania (2005-2007); chief of mission, U.S. Office Pristina, Kosovo (2003-2004); and director, office of United Nations political affairs (2001-2003).
Ries is a graduate of Oberlin College and holds a Masters Degree in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.  She is a graduate of the US state department’s Senior Seminar and the department of defence Pinnacle Course and is a recipient of the US army’s Distinguished Civilian Service Medal, a Presidential Meritorious Service Award, and four Department of State Superior Honor awards.

Ries is married to Ambassador (ret.) Charles Ries, whose career included having been ambassador to Greece, and has a son, Alexander, and a daughter, Meredith.




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