MEXICO CITY — President Obama nominated Carlos Pascual, a Cuban-born U.S. diplomat, as ambassador to Mexico, the State Department said Thursday.
Reports have circulated for more than two months that Pascual, director of foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution in Washington, would be named to the important post.
Pascual's name surfaced during Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's visit to Mexico in March, and generated no controversy.
Pascual, an expert in "failed states," would take over one of the United States' biggest embassies and confront a list of complex bilateral issues, including trade and energy, border issues and the battle against drug cartels. His nomination requires Senate approval.
Pascual's 23 years in government included positions with the National Security Council and U.S. Agency for International Development. He was ambassador to Ukraine from 2000 until 2003 and later was coordinator for reconstruction and stabilization in the State Department, dealing with societies destabilized by civil strife and conflict.