Deputy Chief of Mission Michael DeTar arrived in Cambodia in January 2023. Michael has served twice as acting Deputy Chief of Mission at Embassy Niamey in 2021 and 2022, overseeing all Embassy operations, including political and economic reporting, public affairs, consular and security matters, and management issues. In 2017-2019, he was Deputy Chief of Mission at Embassy Lomé, Togo, with a similar portfolio.
Previously, Michael served as Political Counselor at the U.S. Mission to the European Union in Brussels, managing a team working on EU institutions and member states, transatlantic relations, and U.S.-EU cooperation on world crises.
Michael joined the Foreign Service in 1992, serving in entry-level positions as Vice Consul and Staff Assistant in New Delhi, and as Economic Officer in Haiti. He spent a year as an exchange fellow in the European Bureau of the German Foreign Ministry, and subsequently as Political Officer for EU and G-8 affairs at U.S. Embassy Bonn.
Michael’s later assignments included tours as Political/Economic Chief in Frankfurt, Regional Environmental Affairs Officer for South Asia in Kathmandu, Political Unit Chief in Austria, Political Counselor in Sri Lanka, and Economic Counselor in Morocco. Michael was also Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Malta from 2012-2014.
Michael received a B.A. from Vassar College, and later studied in Dijon, France and Hamburg, Germany. He is fluent in German and French, speaks basic Hindi and Spanish and has a smattering of Dutch and Haitian Creole. He is originally from upstate New York. He and his wife have settled in London.