U.S. Consul General
Charles F. Hunter
Charles F. (Chuck) Hunter is a career diplomat of Minister-Counselor rank who has worked as a Foreign Service Officer since 1990. He assumed his duties as Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul, Turkey, in September 2013 after receiving Turkish language training. Mr. Hunter's most recent previous assignments were as Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq (2011-12) and in Damascus as Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d'Affaires of the U.S. Embassy to Syria (2009-11).
Mr. Hunter joined the U.S. Information Agency in 1990. He was posted to Cairo as a junior officer trainee (1991-92) and then to Algiers as Assistant Public Affairs Officer (1992-93). After additional Arabic study in Tunis, he spent three years as Public Affairs Officer in Muscat before returning to Washington in 1998 as public diplomacy desk officer for the Levant. In 2000-2001 he directed the press office in the Bureau of Public Affairs, serving occasionally as the State Department’s acting spokesman. Through an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship he worked for Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) in 2002.
His next posting was as Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem from 2002 to 2005. While there he also served numerous stints as Acting Deputy Principal Officer, including during the post’s ordered departure in the spring of 2003. Upon completing that assignment he became the director of the Bureau of Legislative Affairs’ Congressional Liaison Office, and then went to Iraq as the Babil Provincial Reconstruction Team Leader, based in Al-Hillah, from August 2006 to August 2007. In his most recent Washington assignment he spent two years as Deputy Director for Western European Affairs, responsible for U.S. bilateral relations with France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Malta and the Holy See, in the Department of State’s Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs (2007-09).
Mr. Hunter speaks Turkish, Arabic and French. A native of Appleton, Wisconsin, he holds a B.A. (French) from Lawrence University and an M.A. and Ph.D. (French and Humanities) from Stanford University. His personal interests include music (particularly barbershop harmony, a uniquely American form of a cappella singing), reading, cooking, architecture, and Turkish and Middle Eastern history.