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Public Papers - 1991 - April

Nomination of Gordon S. Brown To Be United States Ambassador to Mauritania


The President today announced his intention to nominate Gordon S. Brown, of California, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania. He would succeed William Hart Twaddell.

Since 1989, Mr. Brown has served as a political adviser for the U.S. Central Command in Tampa, FL. From 1986 to 1989, Mr. Brown served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Tunis, Tunisia. Mr. Brown served at the Department of State in several capacities including: Director of Arab Peninsula Affairs, 1984 - 1986; Director of Maritime Affairs for the Economic Bureau, 1982 - 1984; Director of United Nations Economic Affairs, 1980 - 1982; and Deputy Director of the Office of Commodities, 1979 - 1980. Prior to this, Mr. Brown studied at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, 1978 - 1979; served as a petroleum finance officer at the U.S. Embassy in Jidda, Saudi Arabia, 1976 - 1978; and as an energy and economic officer at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, France, 1973 - 1976. He served at the Department of State as an OPEC/Near East officer in the Office of Fuels and Energy, 1971 - 1973; as an Egyptian desk officer, 1969 - 1971; and as a political officer at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, 1963 - 1966. Mr. Brown joined the Foreign Service in 1960.

Mr. Brown graduated from Stanford University (B.A., 1957). He was born February 24, 1936, in Rome, Italy. Mr. Brown served in the U.S. Army Security Agency, 1957 - 1960. Mr. Brown is married, has three children, and resides in Tampa, FL.

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