George E. Moose

Vice Chairman, Board of Directors

George E. Moose, vice chairman, was a career member of the U.S. Foreign Service, where he attained the rank of career ambassador. His service with the U.S. State Department included assignments in Asia, Africa, the Caribbean and Europe. He held appointments as U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Benin (1983-86) and to the Republic of Senegal (1988-91). From 1991 to 1992, he was U.S. alternate representative to the United Nations Security Council. In 1993, he was appointed assistant secretary of state for African Affairs, a position he occupied until August 1997. From 1998 to 2001, he was U.S. permanent representative to the European Office of the United Nations in Geneva. In June 2007, he was appointed by the White House to the board of directors of the U.S. Institute of Peace, where he now serves as vice chair. He also serves on the boards of Search for Common Ground, the Atlantic Council and Elderhostel. Since 2003, he has been adjunct professor of practice at the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University. Moose has a bachelor's degree in American studies from Grinnell College, which also awarded him an honorary doctorate of laws. He is married to Judith Kaufmann, a former member of the U.S. Foreign Service and a currently a consultant on international health diplomacy.

Congressional Testimony:


George E. Moose, Jonas Claes
July 22, 2013
In this report, former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright and the late Ambassador Richard S. Williamson identify concrete steps to increase U.S. capacity in preventing mass atrocities.

Articles & Analysis by this Expert

February 10, 2015
George E. Moose

Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, begins 2015 at the brink of both a historically important election and a breakdown of state authority that is simultaneously cause and effect of the Islamist Boko Haram rebellion. Nigeria’s ability to govern itself effectively will be critical in determining whether Boko Haram can be contained or continues to grow into a trans-national threat like that of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the Middle East.