Oversees Department of State operations in the Middle East region.
Barbara Leaf is President Biden’s nominee for Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs.
Ms. Leaf re-joins the State Department from a position as Special Assistant to the President and as Senior Director for Middle East and North Africa Affairs on the National Security Council, having previously served as Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates and as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Arabian Peninsula.
Past statements on development, diplomacy, and U.S. global leadership:
On U.S. Global Leadership: Leaf wrote about the effort to bring diplomacy back to the pressure campaign against Iran, “U.S. leadership must be buttressed not by unrealistic threats, but by actions and collective diplomacy that visibly constrain Iran’s room for further destructive acts while defining the path to negotiations.” (Source)