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Cameron Munter, Former Ambassador to Pakistan and Serbia, Joins Pomona Faculty

Cameron Munter

Cameron Munter, a former U.S. Ambassador to both Pakistan and Serbia, will join the Pomona College faculty as a visiting professor of international relations for a three-year term, beginning in January 2013. This spring, he will teach the course Managing International Crisis.

A retired career diplomat, Munter served as America’s ambassador to Pakistan from October 2010 until July 2012, leading a 2,500-employee embassy while guiding U.S.-Pakistan relations through a period of severe crisis, including the capture of Osama bin Laden and the latest phase of the Afghan war.

Prior to his appointment as Ambassador to Pakistan, Munter served in several capacities in Baghdad, Iraq, overseeing U.S. civilian and military cooperation in planning the drawdown of U.S. troops and establishing the first-ever provincial reconstruction team in Iraq in the city of Mosul. His 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 Bill Clinton and George W. 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, 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. He is a frequent speaker at high-profile foreign policy forums including the Asia Society, Brookings Institute, Council on Foreign Relations (NY), German Foreign Policy Association, International Institute for Strategic Studies (London), Los Angeles World Affairs Council, U.S. Institute of Peace and the World Economic Forum (Istanbul).

Munter received his doctoral degree in modern European history from the Johns Hopkins University and his B.A., magna cum laude, in German area studies, from Cornell University.

Pomona College, founded in 1887, is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts colleges and the founding member of the Claremont Colleges. Pomona is known for its academic excellence, small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and for providing opportunities for student leadership and research.