Reuben Brigety

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Reuben E. Brigety II
Reuben E. Brigety II.jpg
Official U.S. State Department portrait.
Dean of the
Elliott School of International Affairs
Assumed office
October 1, 2015
Preceded byMichael E. Brown
U.S. Ambassador to the African Union
In office
September 3, 2013 – August 1, 2015
Preceded byMichael Battle
Succeeded byMary Beth Leonard
Deputy-Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs
In office
November 14, 2011 – September 3, 2013
Personal details
Reuben E. Brigety II

(1973-09-07) September 7, 1973 (age 45)
Jacksonville, Florida, U.S.
EducationUnited States Naval Academy
Cambridge University
(MA, PhD)

Reuben E. Brigety II (born September 7, 1973) is an American diplomat and academic, currently serving as the Dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University. Previously, he has served as United States Ambassador to the African Union, Deputy-Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, and as Permanent Representative to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.

Early life and education[edit]

A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Dr. Brigety is the son of Reuben Brigety, a physician, and Barbara Brigety, an educator and school administrator. He graduated from Sandalwood High School as the salutatorian.[1] He applied to the US Naval Academy, and was appointed there as part of the Class of 1995. At the Academy, served as the Midshipman Brigade Commander during his senior year. He earned a Bachelor of Science in political science and graduated as a Distinguished Naval Graduate.[1][2]

After graduation, he served in The Pentagon. Then through the Thomas G. Pownall Scholarship awarded him from the Naval Academy Alumni Association, he spent two years at the University of Cambridge in England, where he obtained a Master of Philosophy in international relations. Brigety then served as an active duty U.S. naval officer, and entered training to be a submarine officer.[1] Determined to dedicate himself to humanitarian causes, he requested and received an honorable discharge and returned to study at Cambridge and earned Doctor of Philosophy, also in international relations.[1][2]

From August 2003 and April 2009, Dr. Brigety served as an assistant professor of government and politics at George Mason University and at the American University School of International Service. In addition, he was a researcher with the Arms Division of Human Rights Watch from August 2001 through May 2003, conducting research missions in Afghanistan and Iraq.[2]

Dr. Brigety is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a recipient of the Council’s International Affairs Fellowship.[2]


From January 2007 to January 2008, Dr. Brigety served as a Special Assistant in the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance at the U.S. Agency for International Development. From January 2008 to November 2009, he served as Director of the Sustainable Security Program at the Center for American Progress. From November 2008 to January 2009, he also served as a senior advisor for Development and Security to the U.S. Central Command Assessment Team in Washington and in Doha, Qatar.[2]

From December 2009 to November 2011, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. In this capacity, he supervised U.S. refugee programs in Africa, managed U.S. humanitarian diplomacy with major international partners, and oversaw the development of international migration policy.[2]

Dr. Brigety was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of African Affairs on November 14, 2011, with responsibility for Southern African and Regional Security Affairs,[2] and served in that capacity until September 3, 2013. From that date, he served as the appointed Representative of the United States of America to the African Union and Permanent Representative of the United States to the UN Economic Commission for Africa.[3]

In August 2015, the George Washington University announced they had selected Ambassador Brigety for the Dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs. He began serving in that capacity on October 1, 2015.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Brigety is married and has two sons.[1]


  • Brigety, Reuben E. (2016). "The New Pan-Africanism: Implications for US Africa Policy". Survival. 58 (4): 159–176. doi:10.1080/00396338.2016.1186985.
  • Swords and Ploughshares; Sustainable Security in Afghanistan Requires Sweeping U.S. Policy Overhaul (PDF). Center for American Progress. March 2009.
  • Ethics/ Technology and the American Way of War: Cruise Missiles and U.S. Security Policy. London: Routledge. 2007. ISBN 9781135986117.
  • "Just War Theory and Child Soldiers". Rethinking the Just War Tradition. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press. 2007. pp. 131–147. ISBN 9780791471562.
  • "Caring for Carthage: Humanity as a Weapon of War" (PDF). PRAXIS: The Fletcher Journal of Human Security. XXI: 88–98. 2006.


  1. ^ a b c d e Soergel, Matt (June 13, 2010). "In D.C., Sandalwood graduate 'someone to keep your eye on'". The Florida Times Union. Retrieved March 9, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Reuben E. Brigety II". Biographies of Department Officials. U.S. Department of State. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Ambassador Reuben E. Brigety II". Elliott School of International Affairs. Washington DC: The George Washington University. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Ambassador Reuben E. Brigety II Named Elliott School Dean". GW Today. The George Washington University. Retrieved 9 March 2016.


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