Duquesne University alumnus Gerald M. Feierstein is the U.S. Ambassador to Yemen, one of the hotspots of the Middle East.
Feierstein is looking forward to his tenure in one of the most challenging assignments in the Foreign Service today. The United States is a major partner of the Yemeni people and government, which face a number of difficult challenges, including the threat of terrorism and violent extremism as well as complex economic, political and societal issues. The Embassy, he said, will play an important role in developing long-term strategies and initiatives to help the Yemenis deal with all of these problems.
Feierstein, previously deputy chief of mission in Islamabad, Pakistan, was sworn in to the position on Sept. 17.
He received a master’s degree in international relations from Duquesne University in 1975, and entered the Foreign Service that June.
“I’m proud to be an alumnus of Duquesne and some of my fondest memories are of my time in the international relations program there,” Feierstein said. “There’s no doubt in my mind that the education I received at Duquesne was key to my successful application to the State Department.”
A specialist in Near East and South Asian affairs, Feierstein has served overseas in eight postings. Besides two terms in Islamabad (1976-1978 and 2008-2010), he has been posted in Tunis, Tunisia; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Peshawar, Pakistan; Muscat, Oman; Jerusalem, Israel; and Beirut, Lebanon.
He has also held a number of positions at the State Department in Washington, D.C. Most recently, he served as principal deputy assistant coordinator and deputy assistant coordinator for programs in the Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism from 2006-2008. His other assignments included the Nepal, Pakistan and Egypt desks; deputy director of the Office of Arabian Peninsula Affairs; director of the Office of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh Affairs; and director of the Regional Affairs Office in the Near East Bureau.
Feierstein also holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Point Park College.
A native of Philadelphia, he is married to the former Mary Gill and is the father of three children, Adam, Anne and Sara.