Deputy Chief of Mission
Samuel R. Watson
Sam Watson of Virginia is a career member of the Foreign Service. He assumed the duties of Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in September, 2011 and is currently serving as Charge d'Affaires a.i.
Previously he served as DCM at the U.S. Embassy in Reykjavik, Iceland, from September, 2010, and as Chargé d'Affaires, a.i., from August, 2009. Sam served as Acting Director in the Office for Russian Affairs from January, 2009, to June, 2009, and was Deputy Director from July, 2007.
During his tour as an Economic Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi, he played a key role in achieving Vietnam's accession to the World Trade Organization. He has also served in Tokyo, Manila, London, and Kuwait. Sam was the Vice Chairman of the United Nations International School Board in Hanoi.
Sam holds a M.S. in National Security Strategy from the National War College, an M.A. in International Relations from John Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and a B.A. in English Literature from Duke University.
Sam is married and has two daughters.