Roderick Moore

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Alma materBrown University
US career diplomat who played a key role in devising and implementing successful policies on behalf of the U.S. in societies in the Balkans and Eastern Europe, especially in the management of the the former Yugoslavia.

Employment.png United States Ambassador to Bulgaria

In office
August 5, 2015 - November 2, 2015

Employment.png United States Ambassador to Montenegro

In office
September 19, 2007 - August 8, 2010

Roderick Wemple Moore[1] is a US career diplomat who "played a key role in devising and implementing successful policies on behalf of the U.S. in post-conflict and transitional societies in the Balkans and Eastern Europe (CEE),"[2] especially in the management of the the former Yugoslavia.

From 2010 to 2013, he was the Principal Deputy High Representative and Brcko District Supervisor at the Office of the High Representative (OHR) in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Prior to beginning his assignment at OHR, Moore served for three years (2007–2010) as the first American Ambassador to Montenegro.

During the latter part of 2015, he served as the Chargé d'Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria. He was Raymond Spruance Professor of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, from 2013 to 2015.


In Washington, Moore worked in the State Department's Operations Center (1992) and later served as political-military officer in the Department of State for all states in Central and Eastern Europe (1993–1995). While assigned as State Department Fellow at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy from 1999 to 2000, he taught about U.S. policy toward the former Yugoslavia.

Earlier in his career, Moore held diplomatic postings at U.S. embassies in Port-au-Prince, Haiti (1988–1989) and Sofia (1990–1992). From 1992 to 1993, he was the Department of State's representative in Skopje, Macedonia. He later served as Political-Economic Counselor at the American Embassy in Zagreb, Croatia (1996–1999) and was Senior Political Adviser at the Office of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Mission in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina (1996).

Before Montenegro, Rod Moore served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade from January 2004 – June 2007. He also served (2000–2003) as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria before his transfer to Belgrade.[3]

Moore served as the first U.S. Ambassador to Montenegro from September 2007 to August 2010. He was nominated for that posting by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 29, 2007. Senator Barack Obama chaired the Senate confirmation hearing in June 2007 at which Ambassador-designate Moore testified. Then Under-Secretary of State for Political Affairs, R. Nicholas Burns, swore him in on September 12, 2007, in the Treaty Room of the State Department. He arrived to Montenegro and presented his credentials to Montenegrin President Filip Vujanović on September 18, 2007. He left post in August 2010, to start his job in Bosnia.


Moore attended Brown University where he received his B.A. in Russian Studies and International Relations in 1986, and an M.A. in Slavic Linguistics in 1987. His languages include Serbo-Croatian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Russian, Czech, French, Spanish and Haitian Creole.

Rod Moore grew up in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, where he attended East Greenwich High School. He is the youngest of three sons of David and Winifred Moore. His brothers, Geoff and Dwight, live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and Boxborough, Massachusetts, respectively. He is married to the former Ljubica Stamenkovic, an attorney from Belgrade, Serbia.

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