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Diplomat in Residence

Program Overview
The Tufts Diplomat in Residence (DIR) Program is a collaborative effort between the Tufts International Relations Program, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and the U.S. Department of State, providing students unique access to a resident expert on careers in diplomacy. Tufts' DIR is one of only 17 senior Foreign Service Officers of the State Department placed in select universities across the country. The DIR can provide students with advice on State Department internships, taking the Foreign Service Exam, and other means of preparing for a diplomatic career. The current Diplomat in Residence is Evyenia Sidereas.


Evyenia Sidereas

Office Hours: Email for appointment
Location: Blakeslee House
132 Curtis Street, Room 104
Phone: (617) 627-5989
Email: DIRNewEngland@state.gov
Evyenia Sidereas (DIR, 2013-14)
Evyenia Sidereas joined the Foreign Service in 1999 and has held a wide variety of positions in Washington, D.C. and at U.S. diplomatic missions overseas.

Ms. Sidereas has served as a consular officer in Bangkok, Thailand; as a political officer in Pristina, Kosovo; as the Armenia Country Desk Officer at the State Department; and as an economic officer in Cairo, Egypt. During the lead up to Iraqi national elections in 2010, Ms. Sidereas served as a political officer at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad building contacts with a range of Iraqi political parties and civil society organizations.

During her tenure as a Senior Watch Officer in the State Department's Operations center, she coordinated several emergency task forces addressing the State Department's response to the WikiLeaks disclosures, the Japan tsunami, and the evacuation of Embassy Tripoli following the Libyan Revolution in February 2011.

She most recently served as acting Director of the Maghreb Affairs Office at the State Department, helping develop and direct U.S. policy toward the North Africa region.

A native of Chicago and a graduate of DePaul University, Ms. Sidereas also holds a Master's degree from the London School of Economics. She speaks Arabic and Greek.