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Karen Hideko Sasahara
U.S. Ambassador to Kuwait
December 7, 2023

Ambassador Karen Sasahara

Ambassador Karen Hideko Sasahara assumed her duties as U.S. Ambassador to the State of Kuwait on November 26, 2023.  Prior to that, she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for North Africa from November 2020 to July 2022.  Before returning to Washington, she served as Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. of the U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan from March 2019 to August 2020, and Consul General in Jerusalem from August 2018 to March 2019, where the focus of her work was diplomatic engagement and public outreach to the Palestinian people.

Previous assignments include:  Senior Advisor in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, Assessor on the Foreign Service Board of Examiners, Deputy Chief of Mission in Sana’a, Yemen, and Foreign Policy Advisor to the Commanding General of Special Operations Command Central.  Earlier assignments include Baghdad, Beirut, Mexico City, London, Jeddah, and Washington, D.C.

A native of Massachusetts, she holds an M.A. in Near East Studies from the George Washington University, and a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  She is married to fellow Foreign Service Officer Michael Ratney, who is currently serving as the U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia.