J. Liam Wasley, Chargé d’Affaires
Liam Wasley assumed charge of the U.S. Embassy in Bratislava, Slovakia, in September 2015.
Before his assignment to Slovakia, he served as Deputy Director and Acting Director of the State Department’s office of EU and Regional Affairs overseeing U.S. relations with the European Union and EU Institutions. During his tenure, the U.S. and the EU launched negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and forged new cooperation in the areas of counterterrorism and cybersecurity.
From 2008 through 2011, Mr. Wasley served as Political Military Counselor and Acting Political Minister Counselor at the United States Embassy in Rome overseeing U.S. engagement with Italy on foreign policy and defense issues. His tenure corresponded with a period of internal political turmoil, Italy’s presidency of the G8, significant Italian increases to the NATO mission in Afghanistan, and NATO operations against Libya, much of which was staged from Italian bases.
From 2006 through 2008, Mr. Wasley served as the Deputy Director for NATO Operations in EUR’s office of Regional Political Military Affairs, overseeing U.S. policy on the expansion of NATO’s ISAF mission in Afghanistan, NATO contributions in Iraq, and the development of new capabilities for the Alliance. Prior to that assignment, he served as Political Advisor to Regional Command – East, located in Khost, Afghanistan.
Other overseas assignments include as Political Officer and Acting Political Counselor in Stockholm, Sweden, service as a cease fire monitor in Kosovo in 1998 in support of the Holbrooke-Milosevic agreement, service as political military officer in Warsaw, Poland from 1995-7, and previous tours in Trinidad and Tobago. He began his career as an intern and contractor in Khartoum, Sudan.
Mr. Wasley is a 2012 graduate of the National War College. In 2003-4, he served as a State Department Congressional Fellow in the office of Senator Jay Rockefeller. He holds a graduate degree from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service and an undergraduate degree in History from Brown University.