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Cameron Munter    

US Ambassador to Pakistan (2010-2012) and Serbia (2007-2009); Academic and Tactical Expert in Domestic and Foreign Affairs

Cameron Munter was Americas Ambassador to Pakistan until July 2012. He guided U.S.-Pakistani relations through a period of severe crisis (including the operation against Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad) while leading a 2,500-employee embassy. He previously served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Baghdad, overseeing U.S. civilian and military cooperation in planning the drawdown of U.S. troops. On a previous tour, he established the first-ever provincial reconstruction team in Iraq in the city of Mosul. Today he serves as Professor of International Relations at Pomona College in Claremont, California, and a non-resident Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Ambassador Munters past positions include U.S. Ambassador to Serbia, where he negotiated Serbian domestic consensus for European integration while managing the Kosovo independence crisis; and Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassies in the Czech Republic and Poland, where he managed the American contribution to those countries integration into Western civilian and military institutions. He was also a Director at the National Security Council under Presidents Clinton and Bush, Executive Assistant to the Counselor of the State Department, and Chief of Staff of the NATO Enlargement Ratification Office at the State Department, in addition to serving other diplomatic assignments in Washington and overseas.

Before joining the Foreign Service, Ambassador Munter taught European history at the University of California in Los Angeles and directed European studies at the Twentieth Century Fund (now The Century Foundation) in New York.

Ambassador Munter was born in California in 1954. He graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, in 1976 and was awarded a doctoral degree in modern European history from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1983. He also studied at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland; the University of Freiburg in Germany; and, as the recipient of a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) stipend, the University of Marburg in Germany.

Ambassador Munter received an honorary doctoral degree from Pomona College in Claremont, California, in 2012. He earned four Superior Honor Awards and seven Senior Performance Pay Awards from the Department of State. He advised the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna in 1991 and was Dean Rusk Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University in Washington in 1990.

His interests include jazz piano (he opened the Belgrade Jazz Festival in 2008), as well as fine wine and good conversation. A former long-distance runner, he retains his interest in sports and outdoor activity, including hiking and cross-country skiing.

Speech Topics

Crisis and Purpose: Representing America Abroad in the 21st Century

Drawing on nearly three decades of foreign policy experience, Ambassador Cameron Munter describes how decisions are made and what happens when they are executed. He outlines the imperatives of U.S. strategy, the complex foreign context of our actions, the extraordinary personalities of foreign and American leaders, the impact of sudden changes and unexpected challenges and the threats and opportunities for America in a changing and difficult world.


Professor and Former U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter Publishes Op-Ed on U.S.-Pakistan Relations in The Atlantic
In an editorial for The Atlantic's website, Visiting Professor of International Relations Cameron Munter looks back at U.S.-Pakistan relations during the past four years and how the two nations can progress in the next four years and beyond. Two suggestions Munter offers are to "continue a reasonable, clear-eyed cooperation on counterterrorism informed by (but not defined by) what happens in Afghanistan, and that we must reassess civilian assistance to encourage reform of Pakistani institutions that allow for truly democratic Pakistani leadership." He also suggests moving beyond a bilateral approach and looking at the entire region and encouraging relationships beyond government, including in business, education and philanthropy. Munter served as U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan from 2010.
A Former Ambassador to Pakistan Speaks Out
Cameron Munter, the former U.S. ambassador to Pakistan, looked suntanned, but not rested, as he sat in a Foggy Bottom bar a few blocks from the State Department on a fall evening.

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