Alumnus is new ambassador to Yemen

Alumnus Thomas C. Krajeski this week assumed his new duties as the U.S. ambassador to Yemen. He presented his credentials to Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh at an Aug. 15 ceremony in the capital of Sana’a.

Krajeski, who graduated in 1975, was sworn in as ambassador on July 30. His most recent assignment was as the director of the Office of Northern Gulf Affairs (Iran and Iraq) in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs in the Department of State.

From July to October 2003, he served as a political advisor on Ambassador Paul Bremer’s staff in Baghdad. Prior to that assignment, Krajeski was the principle officer and consul general at the U.S. Consulate General in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Since entering the Foreign Service in 1979, Krajeski has served at the U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal (1980-82); as chief of the consular section in Madras, India (1982-84); in the State Department Press Office (1985); and as the deputy chief of the consular section in Warsaw, Poland (1985-88).

In 1988, he returned to Washington for an assignment as the political desk officer on the India Desk. He followed that assignment with a stint as a senior watch officer in the Operations Center during the first Gulf War.

Following two years of Arabic language studies at the Foreign Service Institute, he was assigned to the political section at the U.S Embassy in Cairo, where he handled the Middle East Peace Process portfolio and attended the first bilateral Israeli-Palestinian negotiating sessions in Taba, Egypt. He continued to monitor and report on the negotiations of the Gaza-Jericho Agreement and subsequent agreements until 1997.

Krajeski was born and raised in Groveland, Mass. Before joining the Foreign Service, he studied Russian language and literature at UMass and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He reads and speaks Arabic and has varying degrees of competency in Persian, Polish, German and Nepali.