Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs
Department of State

Brian Nichols

Nominee for Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs

Leads the State Department’s Bureau for Western Hemisphere Affairs.

Brian A. Nichols is President Joseph Biden’s nominee to be Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs.

Mr. Nichols is a career Foreign Service Officer who has served as U.S. Ambassador to Zimbabwe, U.S. Ambassador to Peru, and as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics Law Enforcement Affairs, and as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Bogotá, Colombia.

Past statements on development, diplomacy, and U.S. global leadership:

 On U.S. Global Leadership: In an open letter published by the U.S. Embassy to Zimbabwe concerning the Zimbabwean regime’s killing of protesters, Nichols declared, “To those who deny America’s right to speak out on their fate, let me remind you, ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere … whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly.’” (source)

On Diplomacy: In Nichol’s confirmation hearing as Ambassador to Peru he said, “We are most successful when our efforts support the plans of the governments we are assisting. Partner governments must be in the driver’s seat for planning, achieving, and sustaining a vision.” (source)

On Development: In Nichol’s confirmation hearing as Ambassador to Zimbabwe he said, “As we continue to support Zimbabwe’s democratic development, we must also continue to invest in the people of Zimbabwe—in healthcare, people-to-people exchanges, humanitarian aid, and business development—to preserve the human capital needed to grow and improve Zimbabwe in the future.” (source)

On Human Rights: In his role as U.S. Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Nichols stated: “I again urged Zimbabwe’s government to end state-sponsored violence against peaceful protesters, civil society, labor leaders, and members of the opposition in Zimbabwe, and to hold accountable those responsible for human rights abuses.” (source)