Presently, Michael G. Kozak is Acting Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, before this he was the US ambassador to the Republic for Belarus for three years. In 1990, Kozak was the US ambassador for Nicaragua. While in Belarus Kozak was heavily involved in "promoting democracy" (see NED for further details).
In 2001, Kozak noted that:
- "Our objective and to some degree methodology are the same. Then we worked with the Sandinista authorities, the Organisation of American States, other countries in the region, and the former Soviet Union to encourage a free, fair and transparent election."
- "Twelve years ago, we advised the Nicaraguan opposition that the best way to pursue their political agenda was through participation in a peaceful electoral process; today we are giving the same advice to the opposition in Belarus."