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Deputy Chief of Mission Jonathan R. Cohen, U.S. Embassy in Nicosia, Cyprus Visits Hellenic House
February 4, 2009—No. 9 (202) 785-8430

Deputy Chief of Mission Jonathan R. Cohen, U.S. Embassy in Nicosia, Cyprus Visits Hellenic House

WASHINGTON, DC—February 2, 2009, Deputy Chief of Mission Jonathan R. Cohen of the U.S. Embassy in Nicosia, Cyprus visited the American Hellenic Institute’s (AHI) Hellenic House. Mr. Cohen was accompanied by Cyprus Desk Office Terry Netos. While at the Hellenic House, the Deputy Chief of Mission met with AHI Executive Director Nick Larigakis, AHI Legal Counsel Nick Karambelas, and AHI Staff.

The meeting entailed discussions of mutual interest regarding U.S. relations with Cyprus.

“We were honored to have Deputy Chief of Mission Jonathan R. Cohen visit Hellenic House. We also appreciated very much the candid discussion. We look forward to working with Mr. Cohen in the future to pursue common objectives and strengthen U.S. relations with Cyprus,” said AHI Executive Director Nick Larigakis.

See Below for bio of Deputy Chief of Mission Jonathan R. Cohen:

Jonathan Cohen arrived in Cyprus in August 2008. From 2004-2008, he was Counselor for Political-Military Affairs in Rome. A Foreign Service Officer since 1986, his previous assignments include:  Ankara as Political Advisor to Operation Northern Watch, and Embassy Iraq Specialist 2000-2004; Iraq as Political Advisor to the Office of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance-North, Irbil, and member of the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) Governance Team, Baghdad, April-July 2003; Stockholm as Political Officer 1996-2000; Vienna as Liaison to the Hungarian Chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and Executive Assistant to the Head of the OSCE Bosnia Mission 1995-1996; State Department  (Washington, DC) as OSCE Desk Officer/NATO Bosnia Officer 1993-1995, and on Secretariat Staff/Advance Teams for Secretaries of State Baker, Eagleburger and Christopher, 1991-1993; Jerusalem as AID Coordinator and Economic Officer for the West Bank 1989-1991; and Bangkokas Consular/Refugee Affairs Officer 1987-1989. He graduated with an AB in Politics and a certificate in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton in 1985, spent 1985-1986 at Hebrew University in Jerusalem on an Israeli Government Grant and attended Georgetown’s Masters of Science in Foreign Service Program in 1986. Jonathan’s hometown is Laguna Beach, California. He speaks Italian, Swedish, French, Thai, and Hebrew.


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