Paul R. Malik began serving as the Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan, on July 23, 2018. He returns to Jordan after 14 years, having served at the U.S. Embassy in Amman from 2001-2004 as the Regional Environment Officer, working with technical experts from the Core Parties on Peace Process water and environment issues. Mr. Malik is a career member of the U.S. Senior Foreign Service, having served for 26 years in the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe.
Most recently, Mr. Malik served as U.S. Consul General at the U.S. Consulate General in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from 2015-2018, where he led a mission promoting U.S. trade and investment as well as improving regional security through counterterrorism and counter proliferation cooperation. He was Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in the Sultanate of Oman from 2013-2015.
Prior to his assignment in Muscat, Mr. Malik was the Director of the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Office at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, where he managed a budget of $35 million, leading the State Department’s efforts to build the capacity of the Lebanese Internal Security Forces.
His posting in Beirut was preceded by a stint as the Counselor for Economic Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Athens, Greece, from 2009-2012, during that country’s economic collapse and the EU sovereign debt crisis. Mr. Malik also headed Turkish Affairs at the State Department’s Office of Southeastern Europe from 2006-2008.
Prior to working on Turkish Affairs, Mr. Malik was the Deputy Director of the State Department’s Office of Multilateral Trade Affairs, where he participated in the World Trade Organization Doha Round negotiations with the Office of the United States Trade Representative.
Much of Mr. Malik’s diplomatic career has been in or associated with the Middle East and North Africa, having also served in Morocco and Tunisia, as well as having worked on Egyptian Affairs in Washington. But, he also enjoyed a tour in Ireland.
Mr. Malik holds a B.A. from Swarthmore College, and pursued graduate studies at Georgetown University. He speaks, to varying degrees of fluency, Arabic, French, and Greek. Mr. Malik is an avid scuba diver, armchair archaeologist, and collector of ancient Greek and Roman coins.