Anne Patterson for Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs


As the Back Channel reported Friday, US Ambassador to Egypt Anne Patterson will be the Obama administration’s nominee to be the next Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs, a senior US official confirmed to the Back Channel Saturday.

Patterson has been asked and has agreed to take the job if confirmed, the US official, who spoke not for attribution, said.

Patterson did not respond to a request for comment from the Back Channel.

It’s unclear who will succeed Patterson in Cairo, but US diplomatic sources suggested that US Ambassador to Jordan Stuart Jones was likely to be considered.

US Ambassador to Iraq Robert Stephen Beecroft and US Ambassador to Turkey Francis Ricciardone are expected to stay in their posts for another year.

More on the thinking behind Patterson’s anticipated nomination here.