Obama Names Philip Gordon New U.S. Middle East Coordinator

White House announces new appointment two weeks ahead of President Barack Obama's planned visit to Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Jordan.

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U.S. President Barack Obama has appointed a new coordinator for the Middle East, the White House announced on Saturday.

The appointment of Philip Gordon comes about two weeks before Obama's planned visit to Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Jordan.

Obama's National Security Adviser Tom Donilon announced that Gordon will take the post on March 11 as special assistant to the president and White House coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf.

"Phil has been a key member of President Obama’s foreign policy team for the past four years," Donilon said.

Gordon has served as Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs since 2009. As assistant secretary he was responsible for U.S. policy in some 50 countries, as well as NATO, the European Union and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Before joining the administration, Gordon served as a senior foreign policy adviser to then-Senator Obama during his presidential campaign and was also the Director for European Affairs at the National Security Council under President Bill Clinton.

Gordon has as a Ph.D. and M.A. in international relations from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and a B.A. from Ohio University.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Philip Gordon, Nov. 16, 2012Credit: AFP
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the White House, Washington, March 1, 2013.Credit: Reuters
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Philip Gordon, Nov. 16, 2012Credit: AFP

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