Victoria Nuland, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs

Victoria Nuland

Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs

Victoria Jane Nuland was born in July 1961 in New York, New York. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University where she studied Russian literature, political science, and history. 

During President Clinton’s administration, Nuland was chief of staff to Deputy Secretary of State Talbott before serving as deputy director for former Soviet Union Affairs. She served two years as the principal deputy foreign policy adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney during the George W. Bush administration. She then served as U.S. ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Brussels. In 2011, Nuland became special envoy for Conventional Armed Forces in Europe and then became State Department spokesperson. 

In 2013, Nuland was nominated to act as Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, approved by the Senate, and assumed office in September 2013. She became the department’s point person regarding Ukraine. 

She was nominated by President Joe Biden to serve as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. She was confirmed by a voice vote of the Senate and assumed her role in May 2021. 

She is married to Robert Kagan. She is Jewish.

In the News…

The under secretary of state for political affairs said that Russian “disinformation” about its war against Ukraine needs to be exposed, including on Russia’s “war crimes.”

Under Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, speaking during a visit to Cyprus, said Russian “lies” have evolved to the point of blaming Ukrainians for actions by Russian forces, including “the war crimes we see on the ground.” 

“So we all have an interest in exposing Russian disinformation,  ensuring our citizens have the truth and ensuring that Russian citizens also [have the truth]… despite the Iron curtain that Putin has put down over that,” she said. 

Contact this Leader…

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The Honorable Victoria Nuland 
Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs 
State Department 
2201 C St NW 
Washington, DC 20520 


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