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Jeffrey Feltman serves as the under-secretary-general for political affairs at the United Nations, advising the secretary-general on global peace and security issues and overseeing initiatives relating to these issues in Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia. He also oversees the United Nations electoral assistance provided to its member states each year. Before joining the United Nations, Feltman served for nearly 30 years in the United States Foreign Service, focusing on the Middle East and North Africa. His last position was as assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs. Feltman served previously as United States ambassador to the Republic of Lebanon and held a variety of earlier diplomatic postings, coordinating U.S. assistance to countries of Eastern and Central Europe. He received his bachelor’s degree in history and fine arts from Ball State University and his master's degree in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.