United States Ambassador to Algeria

Ambassador of the United States to Algeria
سفارة الولايات المتحدة في الجزائر

Seal of the United States Department of State
Joan A. Polaschik

since August 15, 2014
Nominator Barack Obama
Inaugural holder William J. Porter
Formation September 29, 1962
Website U.S. Embassy - Algiers

U.S. diplomatic terms

Career FSO
After 1915, The United States Department of State began classifying ambassadors as career Foreign Service Officers (FSOs) for those who have served in the Foreign Service for a specified amount of time.

Political appointee
A person who is not a career foreign service officer, but is appointed by the president (often as a reward to political friends).

The date that the ambassador took the oath of office; also known as “commissioning”. It follows confirmation of a presidential appointment by the Senate, or a Congressional-recess appointment by the president. In the case of a recess appointment, the ambassador requires subsequent confirmation by the Senate.

Presented credentials
The date that the ambassador presented his letter of credence to the head of state or appropriate authority of the receiving nation. At this time the ambassador officially becomes the representative of his country. This would normally occur a short time after the ambassador’s arrival on station. The host nation may reject the ambassador by not receiving the ambassador’s letter, but this occurs only rarely.

Terminated mission
Usually the date that the ambassador left the country. In some cases a letter of recall is presented, ending the ambassador’s commission, either as a means of diplomatic protest or because the diplomat is being reassigned elsewhere and replaced by another envoy.

Chargé d'affaires
The person in charge of the business of the embassy when there is no ambassador commissioned to the host country. See chargé d'affaires.

Ad interim
Latin phrase meaning "for the time being", "in the meantime". See ad interim.

The Ambassador of the United States to Algeria is the official representative of the President of the United States to the head of state of Algeria.

Until 1962, Algeria had been under the dominion of France. Independence from France was formally declared on July 3, 1962. The United States and France both formally recognized Algeria on that same day.[1] The Algerian government had recognized the United States in 1795, but formal diplomatic relations had not been established.[1]

The U.S. has had consular representation in Algeria intermittently since 1796. On September 29, 1962, diplomatic relations between Algeria and the United States were formally established when the U.S. Consulate General in Algiers was raised to embassy status. William J. Porter was appointed as the first chargé d'affaires ad interim pending appointment of an ambassador to Algiers. He was promoted to ambassador on November 29, 1962.[1]

Algeria severed diplomatic relations with the United States on June 6, 1967, in the wake of the June 1967 Arab-Israeli War. A U.S. Interests Section was established in the Swiss Embassy. The United States and Algeria reestablished diplomatic relations, and their respective embassies in Algiers and Washington reopened on November 12, 1974.[1]

Ambassadors and chiefs of mission

See also


  1. 1 2 3 4 "Algeria". United States Department of State. Retrieved 2011-07-09.
  2. Porter was commissioned during a recess of the Senate and recommissioned after confirmation on Mar 9, 1963.
  3. "List of Chiefs of Mission as of June 6, 2011" (PDF). U.S. Department of State. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
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