May 3, 2021: President Joseph R. Biden recently announced his intent to nominate Donald Lu to be the Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. Mr. Lu is currently serving as the U.S. Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic, a position he has held since 2018. He previously served as the U.S. Ambassador to Albania. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, Mr. Lu has served all over the world, including as Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy New Delhi, India, Deputy Chief of Mission and the Chargé d’ affaires, U.S. Embassy Baku, Azerbaijan and Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic. Mr. Lu has also served as the Deputy Director, Office of Central Asian and South Caucasus Affairs for the Department of State, and, prior to that, Special Assistant to the Ambassador for the Newly Independent States. He has also held posts in India, Georgia, and Pakistan. He holds both a B.A. and M.A. from Princeton University.