Diplomat-in-Residence (DIR) Program
Each year, the U.S. Department of State assigns Senior Foreign Service Officers to the position of Diplomat in Residence (DIR) at certain colleges and universities throughout the United States. The DIR program is central to the effort to recruit the best and brightest to represent America's rich diversity to the world.
Robert B. Andrew
Hester Hall, Room 329
Robert B. Andrew, a Foreign Service Officer in the U.S. Department of State, has been the Political Section Chief at the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden since 2011. His work involves reporting on Swedish domestic and foreign/security policy issues. He has reported extensively on Sweden’s evolving relationship with NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) as well as Sweden’s leading role in the European Union’s outreach to Eastern European countries. He supervises two local Swedish employees as well as political interns.
From 2007-2010, Mr. Andrew was the Deputy Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in San Jose, Costa Rica. In addition to political reporting, he also led Embassy San Jose’s Law Enforcement Working Group and managed the State Department’s counternarcotics program in Costa Rica. He worked closely with Costa Rican authorities to help train and equip their police force to combat drug trafficking.
As political-military officer at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow from 2005-2007, Mr. Andrew reported on Russia’s defense and security policies as well as conducted end-use checks on dual-use technology that U.S. companies sold to Russian entities. In Mexico City, Mexico from 2003-2005, he served as a consular officer and adjudicated non-immigrant visas for Mexicans wishing to enter the U.S. He also served as the Staff Aide to our Ambassador in Mexico.
Before joining the Foreign Service, Mr. Andrew was a U.S. Army officer from 1989-2002. Among his various assignments that included Fort Sill, Oklahoma, he supervised joint American-German patrols on the East/West German border at the end of the Cold War from 1989-90. As a fire support artillery officer, he supported a 100-soldier Cavalry unit during Operation Desert Shield/Storm (First Gulf War). During that conflict he earned the Army Commendation Medal with Valor. He also received a Meritorious Service Medal for his overall service in the military.
Born in Norman, Oklahoma and raised in Northern California, Mr. Andrew has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from California State University, Chico and a Master of Arts in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.
Mr. Andrew speaks near-fluent Spanish, Swedish and has a working knowledge of Russian and French. He is married and has a daughter who will graduate high school in 2014.