William R. Meara is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service. His most recent State Department assignment was as Director for Europe in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research. Before joining the Foreign Service, Mr. Meara served for five years in the U.S. Army. At Ft. Bragg he completed the Special Forces Qualification and Foreign Area Officer courses. He served in El Salvador as a trainer/adviser during the conflict in that country.
His first diplomatic assignment was at Embassy Tegucigalpa (1988-1989) where he served as a liaison officer to the Nicaraguan Resistance. From 1989-1991 he was Vice Consul in Bilbao, Spain. In 1992 he completed the Foreign Service Institute’s year-long Economic Studies program. From 1992–1996 he served as Economic Officer at Embassy Santo Domingo. From 1996-2000 he was in Washington. In 2000 he became Principal Officer and U.S. Consul in the Azores islands of Portugal. From 2003–2007 he served at Embassy London. From 2007-2010 he was as Economic Counselor at Embassy Rome.
In 2006, Naval Institute Press published Meara’s book about the Central American wars: “Contra Cross – Insurgency and Tyranny in Central America, 1979-1989”
Meara is a graduate of Manhattan College in New York City. His foreign languages are Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian. He is married and has two children.
FUNCTIONAL EXPERTISE: Diplomacy, Intelligence Analysis, Economics,
REGIONAL EXPERTISE: Latin America, Europe