Rosemary DiCarlo

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Alma materBrown University
SpouseThomas Graham
Member ofCouncil on Foreign Relations/Members
American career diplomat with a hand in Balkan affairs.

Employment.png Acting United States Ambassador to the United Nations

In office
July 1, 2013 - August 5, 2013
Preceded bySusan Rice
Succeeded bySamantha Power

Rosemary Anne DiCarlo (born 1947) is an American diplomat who has been United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs since May 2018. She was previously acting United States Ambassador to the United Nations[1] following the resignation of Susan Rice to become the National Security Advisor.

Given her medals from both Kosovo and Albania, it is reasonable to assume she played a role in the local warm-up to the US/NATO Kosovo war in 1999.

Early life and education

DiCarlo graduated from Brown University with a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in comparative literature, as well as Slavic languages and literature. She speaks French and Russian.[2]


Before joining the United States Foreign Service, DiCarlo was a member of the secretariat of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).[3]

DiCarlo later became a career member of the foreign service and has held overseas assignments in U.S. Embassies in Moscow and Oslo. As director for democratic initiatives for the New Independent States, she oversaw an initiative to promote democratization in the former Soviet republics. She also held the position of U.S. Coordinator for the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe at the Department of State.[4] On October 5, 2006, she attended the opening of the United States Embassy to Montenegro in Podgorica.

Following her appointment by President Barack Obama in 2010, DiCarlo served as deputy permanent representative to the United Nations with the rank and status of ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary from 2011 until 2014. In July 2013, she served as President of the UN Security Council.

Following her career in government, DiCarlo served as the president and chief executive officer of the nonprofit National Committee on American Foreign Policy. She took up this role in August 2015.[5] In addition, she was a senior fellow and lecturer at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs,[6] where she taught “Multilateral Institutions in the 21st Century,” a class offered to Yale graduate students.[7]

On March 28, 2018, DiCarlo was named Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs of the United Nations by Secretary-General António Guterres,[8] succeeding Jeffrey Feltman.[9] She is the first woman to hold that post.[10]

Other activities


DiCarlo is a recipient of the U.S. Presidential Meritorious Service Award and the Department of State's Sustained Superior Achievement, Superior Honor and Meritorious Awards. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Merits from the President of the Republic of Kosovo and the Presidential Medal of the Order of Skanderbeg from the President of the Republic of Albania. She received an honorary doctorate from the University “Haxhi Zeka” in Peja, Kosovo.[13]


Events Participated in

Munich Security Conference/201915 February 201917 February 2019Germany
The 55th Munich Security Conference, which included "A Spreading Plague" aimed at "identifying gaps and making recommendations to improve the global system for responding to deliberate, high consequence biological events."
Munich Security Conference/202416 February 202418 February 2024Germany
Annual conference of mid-level functionaries from the military-industrial complex - politicians, propagandists and lobbyists - in their own bubble, far from the concerns of their subjects
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