Foreign Service Officer Nursultan Eldosov (SFS’14) seeks to follow legacy of “dedicated public servants”

January 12, 2017 by Margaux Fontaine

Nursultan Eldosov (SFS’14) began his pathway to becoming a U.S. Foreign Service Officer with his own personal experience in international relations.

“I am a direct beneficiary of diplomacy,” Eldosov says. “My family and I immigrated to the United States from Uzbekistan to seek a better life.”

After visiting Georgetown as a high school freshman, Eldosov knew that the Walsh School of Foreign Service was the best choice for him: not only for the academics, but because of the school’s tradition of public service.

“The SFS commitment to service both domestically and abroad inspired me to join this community,” he explains.

While at Georgetown, he found that he particularly benefitted from the expertise of his professors, who came to the classroom with practical, real-world experience in their fields.

“My classmates and professors encouraged me to always learn more,” he says.

Eldosov took advantage of hands-on learning outside of the classroom as well. He enjoyed simulations like the 2014 Cyprus negotiation run by the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy. He also participated in Model United Nations conferences, which he says allowed him to apply his academic knowledge to real-life situations. These conferences also created lasting memories for Eldosov.

“At the closing ceremonies of Model United Nations conferences, the Georgetown team has a tradition of singing the Fight Song,” he says. “I will never forget the celebration after my first conference at Columbia University in 2010.”

Eldosov lists several professors and mentors who have had a significant impact on him, including Imam Yahya Hendi, Professor Thane Gustafson, Professor Angela Stent, Ambassador Howard Schaffer, and Melissa “Missy” Foy.

“They taught me how to strive for excellence while never forgetting the importance of the human touch,” he says.

Eldosov was selected as a 2013 undergraduate Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellow. He has now taken his academic knowledge and experiences out into the world, where following his master’s degree at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, he joined the U.S. State Department as a Foreign Service Officer. Currently, Eldosov is learning Czech at The Foreign Service Institute in Arlington, VA before he heads out to his first post at the U.S. Embassy in Prague next year.

His goals include learning Spanish and traveling throughout Central and South America. Given that he just started his diplomatic career, he admits that he still has much to learn. However, he does offer some advice to students considering a similar career path.

“My biggest recommendation for students is to not only study politics but also to do their best in mastering languages and understanding cultures,” he notes.

For insight into the daily life of diplomats, he suggests reading Inside The U.S. Embassy: Diplomacy at Work. He also recommends the seminar “Practicing Diplomacy Abroad,” taught by Ambassador Howard Schaffer.

“Foreign Service Officers, like students, are constantly learning and reading to be best prepared for their assignments,” he says.