The President today announced his intention to nominate Richard Clark Barkley, of Michigan, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Turkey. He would succeed Morton I. Abramowitz.
Currently, Mr. Barkley is a visiting fellow at the National Defense University in Washington, DC. Prior to this he served as Ambassador to the German Democratic Republic, 1988 - 1990; Deputy Chief of Mission, Pretoria, Republic of South Africa, 1985 - 1988; political counselor, American Embassy, Bonn, Federal Republic of Germany, 1982 - 1985; and Deputy Chief of Mission, Oslo, Norway, 1979 - 1982. Mr. Barkley served in various capacities at the State Department and in the Foreign Service, 1962 - 1979.
Mr. Barkley graduated from Michigan State University (B.A., 1954) and Wayne State University (M.A., 1955), and he served in the U.S. Army, 1955 - 1957. Mr. Barkley was born December 23, 1932, in Chicago, IL. He is married, has one child, and resides in Springfield, VA.