By Andrew F. Tully
WASHINGTON (RFE/RL) — The United States will soon have a new deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs.
The man who is vacating the post after four years, Matthew Bryza, has announced he will be replaced by Tina Kaidanow, a longtime diplomat with more than 10 years of experience in the Balkans, who most recently served as the first US ambassador to Kosovo.
The US State Department has yet to formally announce Kaidanow’s appointment, however.
Bryza, who has held the post since June 2005, is now rumored to be moving on to serve as the US ambassador to Azerbaijan.
Kaidanow, who holds a master’s degree in political science from Columbia University in New
York, is a career diplomat who until now has specialized in the Balkans.