Ambassador Michael GfoellerAmb. Michael Gfoeller (ret.) is an independent consultant on international politics and security matters.He served for 26 years (1984 to 2010) as a US Foreign Service Officer. His career included service in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Manama, Bahrain; Iraq; Moscow, Russia; Yerevan, Armenia; Chisinau, Moldova; Warsaw, Poland; and Brussels, Belgium. From 2004 to 2008, he served as Deputy Chief of Mission and Charge’ d’Affaires at the US Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
He served for two years (2008-2010) as the Senior Political Advisor to General David Petraeus, then Commander, US Central Command. He retired from the State Department with the rank of Ambassador. His foreign languages include Arabic, Russian, French, and German.
Amb. Gfoeller is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Cosmos Club, the Union League Club of New York and a Board Member of Potentia Analytics. He is also a Founding Partner of Arabia Analytica, LLC.