Ambassador James Foley is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service and has served as U.S. Ambassador to Croatia (2009-2012) and U.S. Ambassador to Haiti (2003-2005). From 2007-2009 he was the State Department's Senior Coordinator for Iraqi Refugee Issues, working to alleviate the plight of several million Iraqis displaced by the war. Earlier overseas assignments included the post of U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva (2000-2003), Deputy Director of the Private Office of the NATO Secretary General in Brussels (1993-1996) and tours as political officer in Manila, Philippines and Algiers, Algeria. In Washington, Ambassador Foley served as a speechwriter and adviser to former Secretary of State Lawrence S. Eagleburger from 1989-1993 and as the State Department's Deputy Spokesman from 1997-2000. Ambassador Foley was born in Buffalo, NY and received his B.A. in 1979 from the State University of New York at Fredonia and M.A.L.D. in 1984 from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He joined the Foreign Service in 1983. Ambassador Foley was previously on the faculty of National War College from 2006 to 2007.