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The Future of Diplomacy
MONDAY, MARCH 24, 2014

Cameron Munter was the U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan until July 2012. Over a two-year period he guided U.S.-Pakistani relations through a succession of crises (including the Ray Davis affair and the operation against Osama bin Laden), while leading a 2,500-employee embassy. He previously served as U.S. Ambassador to Serbia, where he negotiated Serbian domestic consensus for European integration and managed the Kosovo independence crisis. Ambassador Munter also served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, overseeing U.S. civilian and military cooperation in planning the drawdown of U.S. troops; and as Deputy Chief of Mission in the Czech Republic and Poland, where he managed the American contribution to those countriesÂ’ integration into Western civilian and military institutions.

On earlier tours, Ambassador Munter established the first provincial reconstruction team in Iraq (in the city of Mosul); served as Director at the National Security Council under Presidents Clinton and Bush; was Executive Assistant to the Counselor of the State Department; and served as Chief of Staff of the NATO Enlargement Ratification Office at the State Department and in other diplomatic assignments in Washington and overseas. He is the recipient of the Gold Medal of the Polish Army and the Czech RepublicÂ’s Masaryk Medal. He earned a Distinguished Honor Award, four Superior Honor Awards and seven Senior Performance Pay Awards from the Department of State. He has advised the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna and was Dean Rusk Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University in Washington. 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 is from Claremont, California. He graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and was awarded a doctoral degree in modern European history from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. In January 2013, Ambassador Munter became professor of international relations at Pomona College. He is concurrently non-resident fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.