Video Message by New U.S. Ambassador to Georgia Ian C. Kelly (September 14)

The U.S. Department of State is pleased to release a video message by the new U.S. Ambassador to Georgia Ian C. Kelly.  The video message has been produced by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Information Programs. The video message can be accessed at the following YouTube link:  https://youtu.be/rsNpilQ97cc

Ambassador Kelly was sworn in as the new U.S. Ambassador to Georgia on Friday, September 11, 2015 at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC, by Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Rose Gottemoeller.

Ian C. Kelly, a career member of the Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, most recently served as the Department of State’s Diplomat in Residence at the University of Illinois at Chicago, a position he held from 2013.  Prior to that, Mr. Kelly served as U.S. Representative, with the rank of Ambassador, to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe in Vienna, Austria from 2010 to 2013.  Mr. Kelly was Spokesperson in the State Department’s Bureau of Public Affairs from 2009 to 2010, Director of the Office of Russian Affairs in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs from 2007 to 2009, and Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Mission to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization from 2004 to 2007.

He was an Information Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Rome, Italy from 2000 to 2004, an Information Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey from 1997 to 2000, and a Program Officer in the Office of the Coordinator of Newly Independent States Assistance from 1994 to 1996.

Prior to that, Mr. Kelly held positions at U.S. Missions in Austria, Serbia, the former USSR, and Italy.  Before joining the Foreign Service in 1985, he taught Russian language in the former USSR and at Barnard and Columbia Colleges in New York City.  Mr. Kelly received a B.A. from Saint Olaf College, an M.A. from Northwestern University, and a Ph.D. from Columbia University.