George Moose

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George Edward Moose (born June 23, 1944) is an American diplomat who served as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs,[1] Ambassador to the UN agencies in Geneva,[2] and as Ambassador to the Republics of Benin and Senegal. He is primarily known for serving as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs in the Clinton Administration during the genocide in Rwanda.


George Moose was born in New York City in 1944 and was raised in Denver, Colorado. He earned a degree from Grinnell College and attended the Maxwell School of Syracuse University before entering the Foreign Service in 1967. Ambassador Moose had early assignments in Washington D.C., Barbados, Vietnam, and the U.N. in New York. He speaks Vietnamese and French.

Secretary Moose headed the American delegation which participated in the first Tokyo International Conference on African Development in October 1993.[3]

In 2002 he was promoted to the rank of Career Ambassador.[4]

He is currently teaching a course at the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs entitled "Reinventing the United Nations" and is currently a fellow at the Harvard University Institute of Politics, where he leads a study group on Africa in the multilateral system. He has served on the Board of Directors of Search for Common Ground since 2003.


  1. ^ Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Archived September 15, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Representatives of the U.S.A. to the European Office of the United Nations (Geneva)". United States Department of State. Retrieved 2011-08-14. 
  3. ^ Japan, Ministry for Foreign Affairs: 12 donor countries + EC
  4. ^ "Career Ambassadors". United States Department of State. Retrieved 2011-08-22. 

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
James B. Engle
U.S. Ambassador to Benin
Succeeded by
Walter Edward Stadtler
Preceded by
Lannon Walker
U.S. Ambassador to Senegal
Succeeded by
Katherine Shirley
Preceded by
Daniel L. Spiegel
U.S. Representative to U.N. in Geneva
Succeeded by
James B. Foley
Political offices
Preceded by
Herman Jay Cohen
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State
for African Affairs

Succeeded by
Susan E. Rice