Alina Romanowski

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Person.png Alina RomanowskiRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(diplomat, spook)
Alina L. Romanowski official photo.jpg
Alma materUniversity of Chicago, Tel Aviv University
Member ofCouncil on Foreign Relations/Members 3
US spook/diplomat with long experience in counterterrorism.

Employment.png United States Ambassador to Kuwait

In office
February 11, 2020 - Present

Alina L. Romanowski is an American career diplomat. In 2019, she was confirmed by the Senate to serve as the United States Ambassador to Kuwait.[1]

She attended a Workshop with Chris Donnelly, the leader of the UK covert propaganda operation Integrity Initiative

Early life and education

Romanowski is from Illinois. Both her parents immigrated to the U.S., her father from Poland and her mother from Canada.[2] She earned a master's degree in international relations as well as a bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago. She also attended Tel Aviv University in Israel. She speaks French, Arabic and Hebrew.[3]


While she was a student at the University of Chicago, Romanowski interviewed on campus with the CIA, and was recruited by the agency.[4]

Romanowski has spent forty years working for the government, focused in large part in Near East and South Asia. She worked for the Central Intelligence Agency as an intelligence analyst on the Near East and South Asia region for ten years. She was the Director of the NESA Office and country director for Israel.

Romanowski was founding Director of the Near East-South Asia Center for Strategic Studies at the National Defense University, as well as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. In 2003 she joined the State Department to establish the Middle East Partnership Initiative Office and serve as its first Director. She also served in two Deputy Assistant Secretary positions in the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs and as acting Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs.

From 2011 to 2015 at Romanowski served at USAID as Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Middle East Bureau. In March 2015 she became the Coordinator for U.S. Assistance to Europe and Eurasia in the State Department's Bureau for European and Eurasian Affairs, overseeing all U.S. federal assistance to thirty countries in Europe and Eurasia, including Central Asia.

Prior to her appointment to Kuwait, she was made Department of State’s Principal Deputy Coordinator for Counterterrorism (2016-2020), where she oversaw the coordination and integration of U.S. counterterrorism policy objectives and developed and implemented U.S. counterterrorism assistance and capacity-building programs with key U.S. partners. [5]

Romanowski was confirmed as Ambassador to Kuwait by a voice vote of the Senate on December 19, 2019,[6] and presented her credentials to Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah at Bayan Palace in Kuwait City on February 11, 2020.[7]