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Consul General

Joseph Pennington

Joseph Pennington (State Dept.)

Joseph Pennington

Joseph Pennington, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Counselor, assumed his duties as Consul General in Erbil in July 2013.  Prior to his arrival in Erbil, Mr. Pennington served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Prague, Czech Republic (2010-13) and held the same position in Yerevan, Armenia (2007-10).   

Mr. Pennington has also served as the U.S. Embassy Spokesman in Ankara, Turkey (2002-06), political-economic officer in Naples, Italy (2001-02), head of the U.S. Embassy Branch Office in Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina (2000-01), and economic officer at the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo (1999-2000). He worked as political-economic officer at the U.S. Consulate in Adana, Turkey (1995-98), in the State Department Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs (1991-93), and in the consular section at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow (1989-91).

Mr. Pennington is a graduate of the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), where he earned a B.A. in political science. He subsequently earned an M.A. from Columbia University in New York City (1986).  Mr. Pennington is married to Amberin Zaman, who works as the Turkey correspondent for The Economist.

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