Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) are career Foreign Service Officers who are located throughout the United States and are responsible for providing guidance and advice to students, professionals and the community about careers in the US Department of State. Each year only 16 Foreign Service Officers, covering 16 geographic regions within the US, have the pleasure and honor to serve in domestic assignments as Diplomats in Residence. They promote careers and fellowship opportunities to prospects throughout their region in order to create a pipeline of diverse competitive applicants for the Department of State. They also represent the Department of State at programs and events sponsored by foreign affairs groups, academic institutions and professional organizations.
Since the mid-1990s, Duke University has had the privilege of hosting the Diplomat in Residence for the Mid-Atlantic Region, widely known as one of the most active regions in our nation thanks to its wealth of great colleges and universities that share the US Department of State’s global perspective.
The current DIR for the Mid-Atlantic Region can be contacted at: DIRSouthernMidAtlantic@state.gov.
Jasper R. Daniels: DIR 2016 - 2018
The incoming Diplomat in Residence for the Mid-Atlantic Region is Jasper Daniels, a Foreign Service Specialist who began his career as a Support Communications Officer in 1985. Currently a senior officer specializing in Information Management with the Department of State, he has had overseas posts in literally every inhabited world region, including serving as the Management Counselor at US Embassy Freetown, Sierra Leone. During this assignment, he was designated acting Deputy Chief of Mission for an extended period of time. Jasper is not new to the Diplomat in Residence program, having served for the past year as DIR for the four states comprising the Southwest Region – Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, and Utah. Prior to that he was assigned to Washington DC as the Director of the Systems and Integration Office in the Bureau of Information and Resource Management. He is a veteran of the United States Army. As a native of North Carolina with close family ties in the state, Jasper was only too happy to transfer to the Mid-Atlantic region this summer. He has been assigned DIR to our region from 2016 – 2018.
Richard E. Jaworski: DIR 2014 - 2016
For the past two academic years, Rich Jaworski has served as DIR for the Mid-Atlantic Region. He is a senior Foreign Service Officer with many years’ experience in the Department of State, including significant posts in the Middle East and Europe. Prior to his arrival at Duke University, Mr. Jaworski served as Minister Counselor for Management Affairs at the US Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq – the largest US foreign mission in the world. He had the honor to serve in the US Mission in Turkey (2010 – 2013), and prior to that he was Deputy Executive Director of the Bureaus of European and Eurasian Affairs and International Organizations Affairs. Before joining the Foreign Service, he worked for several years with the Department of Defense. Rich received a BA degree in Philosophy from the University of Michigan and an MS degree in National Strategic Planning and Resourcing from the National Defense University, Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He will be leaving this post in early October 2016.