Cameron Munter

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Cameron Munter
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United States Ambassador to Pakistan
In office
October 2010 – July 2012
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Anne W. Patterson
Succeeded by Richard Olson
United States Ambassador to Serbia
In office
2007 – March 2009
President George W. Bush
Personal details
Born Contra Costa, California
Spouse(s) Marilyn Wyatt
Residence Islamabad, Pakistan
Alma mater Cornell University
Johns Hopkins University
Profession Diplomat, Career Ambassador

Cameron Phelps Munter is an American diplomat and career foreign service officer. He was the Ambassador to Pakistan.[1] Earlier, he was an advisor for political and military issues to Christopher R. Hill, U.S. ambassador to Iraq.[2] On May 7, 2012 Munter announced his premature resignation from the ambassador post effective in the summer.[3][4][5] He is currently a visiting professor of international relations for a three-year term at Pomona College in Claremont, California.

Education and early career[edit]

Munter was born in Contra Costa, California, in 1954, graduating from Claremont High School in 1972, where he distinguished himself as a distance runner on the cross country and track teams. He attended Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and the universities of Freiburg and Marburg in Germany. He received a PhD in modern European history in 1983 from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. He taught European history at the University of California in Los Angeles (1982–1984) and directed European Studies at the Twentieth Century Fund in New York (1984–1985) before joining the Foreign Service.[6]

Career[edit]

Munter was sworn in as United States Ambassador to the Republic of Serbia on July 26, 2007, succeeding Michael C. Polt and stayed in this position until 2009 when he was transferred to work in Iraq. A career Foreign Service Officer, Munter was Deputy Chief of Mission at the American Embassy in Prague, Czech Republic, from August 2005 to June 2007. He volunteered to lead the first Provincial Reconstruction Team in Mosul, Iraq, from January through July 2006, and then returned to Prague. He came to Prague from Warsaw, Poland, where he served as Deputy Chief of Mission from 2002 to 2005.

Before these assignments, in Washington, D.C., Munter was Director for Central, Eastern, and Northern Europe at the National Security Council (1999–2001), Executive Assistant to the Counselor of the Department of State (1998–1999), Director of the Northern European Initiative (1998), and Chief of Staff in the NATO Enlargement Ratification Office (1997–1998).

He has also served overseas in Bonn, Germany (1995–1997), Prague (1992–1995), and Warsaw (1986–1988). His other domestic assignments include serving as Country Director for Czechoslovakia at the Department of State (1989–1991), Dean Rusk Fellow at Georgetown University's Institute for the Study of Diplomacy (1991), and Staff Assistant in the Bureau of European Affairs (1988–1989).

Early resignation from Pakistan ambassador post[edit]

Munter's ambassadorship to Pakistan, which began in 2010, was expected to last until 2013.[3] On May 7, 2012, however, Munter announced that he was resigning only 18 months into the job. His announcement followed the day after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a speech to an audience in Kolkata, India, contradicted statements Munter had previously made regarding a Pakistani national wanted by the United States for terrorism in connection with the November 2008 Mumbai attacks. The online newspaper Asia Times Online cited unnamed well-informed diplomats in the Pakistani capital that the apparent dissatisfaction with the ambassador's handling of that matter is likely an important factor in his resignation.[3] Another version attributed Munter's resignation his disagreement—shared with then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton—with the U.S. policy of drone attacks in Pakistan.[5] During a State Department press briefing on the day following Munter's announcement the department's spokesperson, responding to media questions, commented that Munter was resigning at a time that would seem to be the ordinary length for an ambassador to Pakistan and that Secretary Clinton had praised his efforts earlier the same day.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Senate Confirmation Hearing Statement By Ambassador-Designate Cameron Munter U.S. Embassy in Islamabad. Retrieved 24 September 2010.
  2. ^ U.S. Ambassador to Serbia overtakes a new duty in Iraq
  3. ^ a b c Mir, Amir (May 11, 2012). "Doubts Fly as U.S. Envoy to Pakistan Quits". Asia Times Online. Archived from the original on June 29, 2012. Retrieved May 14, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Daily Press Briefing". U.S. Department of State. May 8, 2012. Archived from the original on June 29, 2012. Retrieved June 29, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Oborne, Peter (May 30, 2012). "It May Seem Painless, But Drone War in Afghanistan Is Destroying the West's Reputation". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on June 29, 2012. Retrieved June 29, 2012. 
  6. ^ "About Ambassador Cameron Munter", Embassy of the United States, Islamabad, Pakistan. Retrieved 9 April 2013.
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Anne W. Patterson
United States Ambassador to Pakistan
2010 –
Succeeded by
Richard Olson