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Amb. Cameron Munter

Chief Executive Officer, EastWest Institute


Cameron MunterAmbassador Cameron Munter has been named the Chief Executive Officer of the EastWest Institute, effective as of August 1, 2015. He is a career diplomat, and has served in some of the most conflict-ridden areas of the globe. He was U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan from 2010 to 2012, where he guided U.S.-Pakistani relations through a strained period, including the operation against Osama bin Laden, while leading a 2,500-employee embassy. Previously he was Ambassador to Serbia, where he negotiated Serbian domestic consensus for European integration and managed the Kosovo independence crisis. Ambassador Munter also served at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, overseeing U.S. civilian and military cooperation in planning the drawdown of U.S. troops. In Europe, he served in the Czech Republic and Poland, where he helped manage the American contribution to their integration into the global economy. He was a Director at the National Security Council at the White House, and had numerous other domestic assignments at the State Department in Washington. Before joining the Foreign Service, Ambassador Munter taught European history at the University of California in Los Angeles. He also taught at the Columbia University School of Law and has two honorary doctoral degrees. For the past two years, he has been Professor of International Relations at Pomona College in Claremont, California, as well as a Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Born in California in 1954, Ambassador Munter graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University and earned a doctorate in Modern European History from John Hopkins University.