Andina news agency reports that U.S. President Barack Obama nominated Brian A. Nichols as the next U.S. Ambassador to Peru. Nichols is expected to replace the outgoing ambassador, Rose M. Likins, after confirmation of his nomination by the U.S. Senate.
Nichols is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor and is the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs at the Department of State.
The diplomat has experience in Latin America and the Caribbean, from 2007 to 2010, Nichols was Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, Colombia. From 2004 to 2007, he was Director of the Office of Caribbean Affairs in the Department of State Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs.
Nichols joined the Foreign Service in 1989 and his first assignment was Consular Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Lima, Peru. He has also served overseas in Mexico and El Salvador. He received a B.S. from Tufts University.
Victor Andres Garcia Belaunde, the president of the Foreign Affairs Comission in the Peruvian Congress, took a jab at the out-going ambassador by telling El Comercio that the change of ambassador was necessary.
“I think that Mrs. Likins did not have a joyous time in our country,” Garcia said. “And if there is a change, she won’t be missed.”