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Ambassador David Shinn

Ambassador David Shinn is an adjunct professor of international affairs at The George Washington University. He received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from the George Washington University and later joined the U.S. State Department in 1980s. He served as U.S. ambassador to Ethiopia (1996-99), Director for East African Affairs at the State Department(1993-1996), State Department Deputy Task Force Director and then Coordinator for Somalia (1992-1993), U.S. ambassador to Burkina Faso (1987-90), and Deputy Chief of U.S. missions in Sudan and Cameron. Ambassador Shinn is an expert on the Horn of Africa and has been focused on the Sino-African relationship in the recent decade. He is the author of China and Africa: A Century of Engagement (2012) and has authored numerous articles and commentaries on China-Africa relations. His research interests include China-Africa relations, East Africa and the Horn, terrorism, Islamic fundamentalism, conflict situations, U.S. policy in Africa, and the African brain drain.


(Last updates: 9/26/2012)