Cameron R. Hume

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Cameron R. Hume
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United States Ambassador to Indonesia
In office
May 30, 2007 – 2010
President George W. Bush
Preceded by B. Lynn Pascoe
Succeeded by Scot Marciel
United States Ambassador to Sudan
In office
Oct 2005 – May 2007
President George W. Bush
Preceded by John Limbert
Succeeded by Alberto Fernandez
United States Ambassador to South Africa
In office
November 5, 2001 – July 28, 2004
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Delano Lewis
Succeeded by Jendayi Elizabeth Frazer
United States Ambassador to Algeria
In office
November 10, 1997 – September 13, 2000
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by Ronald E. Neumann
Succeeded by Janet A. Sanderson
Personal details
Profession Diplomat, Career Ambassador

Cameron R. Hume (born 1947) is a career diplomat who has served as United States Ambassador to Algeria (1997-2000), South Africa (2001-2004), and Indonesia (2007-2010).


Hume is a member of the United States Foreign Service, rank of Career Minister. His earlier assignments included Italy, Tunisia, Syria, Lebanon, the United Nations, and the Holy See.

More recently he has served as Ambassador to Algeria and to South Africa, and as Chargé d'Affaires to Sudan. While Ambassador to Indonesia, he focused on oceans, climate change, and education as elements of "soft power" diplomacy.[1]

He has published three books (The United Nations, Iran and Iraq: How Peacemaking Changed (1994), Ending Mozambique's War (1994) and Mission to Algiers: Diplomacy by Engagement (2006)) and numerous articles on foreign policy. He has also been a fellow or guest scholar at the Council on Foreign Relations, Harvard University's Center for International Affairs, and the United States Institute of Peace. He is a lawyer and admitted to practice in New York and the District of Columbia.

His foreign languages include Arabic, French, and Italian.

Since leaving his post as Ambassador in 2010, Hume has served as a consultant to various interests in Indonesia,[citation needed] including the Sinar Mas Group. His role with Sinar Mas sparked criticism from environmentalists,[2] who blame Sinar Mas Group companies for deforestation in Indonesia. He brokered a settlement between Greenpeace and Sinar Mas' Golden Agri-Resources subsidiary in February 2011 that committed the company to less disruptive forestry practices.[3]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "A Smart-Power Partnership with Indonesia". The Ambassadors Review. Spring 2009. 
  2. ^ Butler, Rhett (17 March 2011). "Pulp and paper firms urged to save 1.2M ha of forest slated for clearing in Indonesia". Retrieved 18 March 2011. 
  3. ^ Harvey, Fiona (9 February 2011). "Palm oil giant vows to spare most valuable Indonesian rainforest". The Guardian.