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Name: Eddins, Keith
Current Position: Ambassador

A native of Mississippi, Keith A. Eddins has served as the US Chargé d'Affaires to Slovakia since August 2, 2008. Eddins attended the University of Virginia and received a Bachelor of Arts in 1980. He later earned a Master of Arts from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He has studied Slovak, Czech, Russian, French and Spanish.

A career Foreign Service Officer, Eddins’ first State Department assignment was at the American Embassy in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where he served as a vice consul and political officer. He then returned to Washington, where he was a watch officer in the Operations Center, a staff office in the Executive Secretariat, and a special assistant to then-Secretary of State George P. Shultz.
His subsequent career has focused primarily on European political and security issues. He served as a political officer at the US Mission to NATO in Brussels, Belgium, at the American Embassy in Moscow, and at the American Embassy in Prague, Czech Republic.
In Washington, Eddins worked on the State Department’s Russia Desk, in the European Bureau’s NATO affairs office, and as Senior Civil-Military Advisor to the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization. He has also served on board of examiners of the Foreign Service, and as Director of Political Training at the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute.
Eddins has donated $2,250 to various Democratic candidates and organizations, including Barack Obama and the Democratic Congressional Committee.
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