Trey Lyons is a foreign service officer currently serving at the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia, where he leads a unit focused on the country's foreign policy and its conflicts with the Russian-occupied Abkhazia and South Ossetia regions. He also participates in the Geneva International Discussions on Georgia.
Previously, Lyons served for four years at the U.S. Department of State, where he was special assistant to the Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security. He also covered political-military issues in the Office of Pakistan Affairs, and was an international observer for Ukraine's 2010 presidential election. From 2007 to 2009, he served in the Operations Center, where his team monitored breaking events and global crises and facilitated the flow of information to and from the Secretary of State. His team was on duty during Russia's invasion of Georgia in 2008, the beginning of the siege of the Taj Hotel in Mumbai, and North Korea's unsuccessful ballistic missile launch in 2009.
He withdrew from law school to join the Foreign Service and served in Saudi Arabia from 2002 to 2004, where he once sang the American national anthem while standing next to Osama bin Laden's brother. After a year of language training, he moved to the U.S. Embassy in Slovakia in 2005, before returning to Washington, D.C., in 2007.
A 2000 graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder, Lyons abandoned his honors thesis to spend a week in the Sahara desert eating unrefrigerated meat. He enjoys foreign languages, travel, cycling, and hiking with his wife, Maia.