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Name: Patterson, Anne
Current Position: Previous Ambassador

The United States in August 2011 sent experienced senior diplomat Anne W. Patterson to be the U.S. Ambassador to Egypt as its revolution continues to develop and, potentially, affect American interests. Born on October 4, 1949, in Fort Smith, Arkansas, Patterson earned a B.A. from Wellesley College in 1971 and attended graduate school at the University of North Carolina for a year.

Patterson joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1973 as an economic officer, and was promoted to Career Ambassador, the highest rank in the career Foreign Service, after 25 years’ service in 2008.
Early on, she held a variety of economic and political assignments, including in the Bureau of Inter-American Affairs, the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, and the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs. Patterson served as economic counselor in Saudi Arabia from 1984 to 1988 and as political counselor to the US Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, from 1988 to 1991. Back in Washington, she served as office director for Andean affairs from 1991 to 1993 and principal deputy assistant secretary and deputy assistant secretary of Inter-American affairs from 1993 to 1996. 
Patterson spent six years in Latin America, as ambassador to El Salvador from 1997 to 2000 and ambassador to Colombia from 2000 to 2003. She returned stateside for a series of assignments: State Department deputy inspector general from 2003 to 2004, deputy permanent representative and acting permanent representative to the United Nations from 2004 to 2005, and Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs from 2005 to 2007. Patterson then served as Ambassador to Pakistan from 2007 to 2010. According to a leaked diplomatic cable, while Patterson was in Pakistan, and only two months before former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was assassinated, Bhutto asked Patterson, in writing, for help in evaluating her security because she feared for her life, but Patterson and the George W. Bush administration took the position that her security was not the responsibility of the United States. In the words of the cable, “Ambassador strongly recommends against a U.S. Government evaluation, which would inevitably identify gaps (by American standards) in both equipment and training of personnel. The [U.S. Government] should either undertake full responsibility for Bhutto's personal security or not.”
Patterson is married to David R. Patterson, a retired Foreign Service officer. The couple has two sons, Edward and Andrew.
Anne Patterson Outed By WikiLeaks As A Truth-Teller (by Dan Froomkin, Huffington Post)
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