After six months without an official American diplomatic chief in Thailand, the Obama Administration has finally appointed Mr Glyn Davies has finally, sworn in as the 22nd US Ambassador to the Kingdom.
The appointment was made public earlier this month with US President Barack Obama formerly swearing in the new ambassador mid month and the State Department releasing an official welcome video (see below).
Counting the 21 American Envoys to Siam between 1882 to 1946, Mr Davies is the 43rd chief American diplomat to the kingdom.
Below is his welcoming speech in which he calls Thailand the US’ most “enduring friend and ally in Asia”, as well as a “close partner in advancing regional security, promoting public health, fighting transnational crime and protecting the environment.”
Married to Mrs Jackie Davies, Mr Davies is a diplomat from the State Department who has served in North Korea as a US special representative for policy there from 2012-2014, and was a senior adviser in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the State Department.
The new ambassador has some big shoes to fill, as outlined in this editorial on The Bangkok Post. In addition to all the points mentioned in the above link, including where the two countries stand on security, democracy and human trafficking issues, another priority on the diplomatic agenda will no doubt be pursuing the interests of American corporation, namely in respect to the controversial TPP talks (read more here as well as here).
But he has sworn to the media that he will remain neutral.