David H. Shinn

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David H. Shinn
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19th United States Ambassador to Ethiopia
In office
1996–1999
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by Irvin Hicks
Succeeded by Tibor P. Nagy
Director for East African Affairs, United States Department of State
In office
1993–1996
Deputy Task Force Director and Coordinator for Somalia, United States Department of State
In office
1992–1993
10th United States Ambassador to Burkina Faso
In office
1987–1990
Preceded by Leonardo Neher
Succeeded by Edward P. Brynn
Personal details
Born (1940-06-09) June 9, 1940 (age 74)[1]
Yakima, Washington
Website davidshinn.blogspot.com

David H. Shinn (born June 9, 1940) is an American diplomat and professor. He is an Adjunct Professor of International Affairs at The George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs. His diverse career in the foreign service of the United States has included ambassadorships to Ethiopia and Burkina Faso. Shinn is also a frequent commentator in the news media on political issues, and has provided consultancy to the U.S. government on Horn of Africa related matters as well as Sino-African relations.

Education[edit]

Shinn received his B.A. (1962), M.A. (1963), and PhD (1980) from George Washington University. He also received a certificate in African Studies from Northwestern University and was diplomat-in-residence at University of California, Los Angeles and Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Government Service[edit]

Shinn served for 37 years in the United States Foreign Service with assignments at embassies in Lebanon, Kenya, Tanzania, Mauritania, Cameroon, Sudan, and as ambassador to Burkina Faso and Ethiopia.

Philanthropy[edit]

Shinn is active in several non-governmental organizations focused on the Horn of Africa and the African Great Lakes region. He serves on the Board of Directors for Adeso, an NGO founded by the Somali environmentalist Fatima Jibrell. It conducts programs in Somalia, Kenya and South Sudan. Additionally, Shinn is on the Board of Directors of the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation.

Awards[edit]

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Irvin Hicks
U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia
1996–1999
Succeeded by
Tibor P. Nagy
Preceded by
Leonardo Neher
U.S. Ambassador to Burkina Faso
1987–1990
Succeeded by
Edward P. Brynn