Chief of Mission
U.S. Embassy Minsk has been without an Ambassador since 2008, when the Government of Belarus expelled Ambassador Karen B. Stewart and twenty-nine members of her staff. In the absence of an Ambassador, the Embassy is led by a Charge’ d’Affaires.
Ethan A. Goldrich, Chargé d'Affaires a.i.
Ethan Goldrich began service as Charge d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Minsk, Belarus in July 2012. Most recently, he was Director of the State Department’s Office of Caucasus Affairs and Regional Conflicts 2009-11. He previously served as the Deputy Director of the Office of UN Political Affairs, which has responsibility for the political agenda of the UN Security Council and the General Assembly. Between 2005 and 2007, Ethan served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, where he managed the post’s upgrade from U.S. Liaison Office to U.S. Embassy. Ethan served as Near East Watcher at the U.S. Embassy in London, England from 2001-05. He spent the summer of 2003 in Baghdad, Iraq, working on the Governance Team of the Coalition Provisional Authority. Between 1996 and 2000, Ethan was in charge of the Political Section at U.S. Embassy Kuwait. Ethan was also desk officer for Kuwait in the State Department’s Office of Arabian Peninsula Affairs from 1992-94. Ethan began his Foreign Service career as Political/Consular rotational officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem (1989-91) and also served as Staff Assistant in the Bureau of Near East and South Asian Affairs (1991-92). Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Ethan served as a Civil Servant in the State Department’s Office of Soviet Union Affairs (EUR/SOV).
Ethan received a Bachelor’s Degree in Government from Cornell University in 1988. In 2000-2001 he participated in the prestigious Weinberg Fellowship program at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School for Public Policy and International Affairs. He was awarded a Master’s Degree in Public Policy at Princeton in June 2001.
Ethan’s languages are Russian, Arabic and Hebrew. He received his Russian training (2011-12) and Arabic language training (1994-96) at the Foreign Service Institute.
Ethan is married with three wonderful daughters.