Ambassador to Qatar: Who Is Susan Ziadeh?

Saturday, October 15, 2011
Susan L. Ziadeh was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to Qatar on September 12, 2011, for what is her eighth tour of duty in the Middle East.
The daughter of noted Palestinian-American scholar Farhat Ziadeh, Susan Ziadeh was born circa 1954 and grew up in Princeton, New Jersey, and Seattle, Washington. She earned a B.A. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of Washington, an M.A. from the American University in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1978, and a PhD in Middle Eastern History from the University of Michigan in 1991. She also holds an M.S. in National Security Studies, which she obtained in 2004 from the National War College, National Defense University.
A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Ziadeh’s early postings included stints at the embassies in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Kuwait City, Kuwait; and Amman, Jordan; and service as cultural officer and then vice-consul at the consulate in Jerusalem, Israel, in the mid-1990s. In Washington from 2001 to 2003, Ziadeh was responsible for the Jordan desk, and was acting Deputy Director of the Office for Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. From 2004 to 2007 she served as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Bahrain. From 2007 to 2009, she was the public affairs counselor and then Official Spokesperson at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. Ziadeh returned to Riyadh as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy from September 2009 to May 2011.
Outside of government, Ziadeh has served as national director of the Association of Arab-American University Graduates (AAUG).
-Matt Bewig

Statement before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (pdf) 


Margaret Russell 3 months ago
What an impressive career Susan Ziadeh has had. Great respect for her work. I knew her in our college days and remember her to be a wonderful person with great character. Is there any way to get ahold of her? We are having a University of Washington Chorale Reunion with Rod Eichenberger and are trying to contact as many old members as we can. If so, please respond by email. Thank you very much.
John 4 years ago
Shame on you for abandoning U.S. citizens Matt and Grace Huang. With diplomats like you, it's no wonder our country is losing respect around the world.
Matthew Nasuti, The Kabul Press 5 years ago
It is to Ambasador Ziadeh's discredit that she is not publicly campaigning for the release of Qatari poet Mohammed al-Ajami. Convicted and sentenced to 15 years in prison in a secret trial for reading a fairly bland poem to fiends while in Cairo! Qatar may be an ally of the Administration, but it is not an ally of the American people.
Ramzi Saadeh 5 years ago
I was privileged and honored to work for Ambassador Ziadeh who was my supervisor at the US Embassy, Kuwait for 2 years as the Public Affairs Officer then. She was kind, grateful and most important a true human being person unlike many people we see and meet in today’s world. She taught me many things on the job, but most importantly, the value of investing in education. She always kept telling me to invest in my son’s education at any expense by sending him to good schools and teaching him the good manners. Well, Ambassador Ziadeh (she always wanted me to call her Suzan, not Dr. Ziadeh), I DID. My son well be graduating end of this year with an Engineering degree from Purdue University. I still reminded her in one of my letters to her when was named an Ambassador to Qatar. Thank you Suzan for all you did & God Bless
jad 5 years ago
I'm proud of you , Regards from palestinian man
Kolchikom 5 years ago
Mr. Robins: Prof. Farhat Ziadeh is Alive and Well! Dr. Ziadeh: Congratulations. Well deserved!
David S. Robins 6 years ago
hello, susan, you probably won't remember me, but i was one of your father's first arabic language students and the uw circa 1968. i actually first met him at a summer session of the west coast university consortium at ucla where he taught the introductory arabic language course using his classic ziadeh and winder textbook. i recall being invited to your father's lovely home in north seattle while one of his graduate students and i recall meeting you and your lovely sisters at the time. i presume your dad has passed on by now, but want you to know that those of us who had the privilege of studying under him remember him fondly. like you, i entered the forign service and served in kuwait, lebanon, tunisia, iraq, egy, jordan, morocco and bahrain as dcm and acting ambassador from 1992-1993. i wish you every success. please let me know about your father and your sisters when time permits. david s. robins p.o. box 2396 bigfork, mt 59911
Françoise MORIN 6 years ago
hello susan ... do you remember me from the u of w ? i remember you very well and i wish to congratulate you on your nomination. maybe you remember my son hervé whom you babysat in seattle ... he works now for the un and was in kosovo until last november ... i crossed the way of your dad on some petitions from time to time .. hope you are well and i would love to get some news from you. in the meantime i wish you the very best for the coming year. françoise

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