Ruben Harutunian assumed his duties as deputy chief of mission (DCM) at the U.S. Embassy in Minsk, Belarus on May 24, 2021. Immediately prior, he served as a senior advisor at the Foreign Service Institute’s Leadership Management School and as director of the State Department’s Office of Press Operations. Earlier, he was the Public Affairs Officer in Algiers; Deputy Chief of the Political/Economic Section in Yerevan; Special Assistant to Secretaries of State Clinton and Kerry; Political Officer and Staff Assistant to the Ambassador in Moscow; and Vice Consul and Deputy Spokesperson in Tel Aviv. Ruben is a Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellow and a Milken Scholar. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) with an MA in International Relations focusing on Conflict Management and has a BA in Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures from Columbia University. He is married to Astghik, and they are the proud parents of their daughter and son.
High school: St. Alban’s School
Columbia UniversityNew York, NY
|2005||B.S. Political Science and Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures|
Johns Hopkins UniversityBaltimore, MD
|2007||M.A. International Relations - Conflict Management|