Ambassador Terence McCulley is a senior visiting expert at the U.S. Inst itute of Peace, providing strategic guidance to the West Africa program. He joined USIP after more than three decades in the Foreign Service working on the African continent.

Ambassador McCulley is currently the senior director of the Africa practice at McLarty Associates and the chairman of the U.S.-Nigeria Council. Prior to this, he served as U.S. ambassador to Mali (2005-2008), Nigeria (2010-2013), and Côte d’Ivoire (2013-2016), and as deputy chief of mission and chargé d’affaires at U.S. Embassies in Togo, Senegal, Tunisia, and Denmark. He also worked on Central African affairs during the Rwanda Genocide and, from 2004-2005, helped to coordinate reconstruction efforts in Iraq. Earlier diplomatic postings include Niger, South Africa and Chad, and Mumbai, India. Ambassador McCulley is the recipient of four Department of State Superior Honor Awards, and he has been decorated as a commander of the national orders of Mali and Côte d’Ivoire by President Amadou Toumani Touré and President Alassane Ouattara. As the senior advisor for Africa at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York in 2016, 2017 and 2018, Ambassador McCulley advanced U.S. multilateral objectives during the annual sessions of the U.N. General Assembly.

Ambassador McCulley received his bachelor’s degree in European History and French Language and Literature from the University of Oregon. As a Rotary Foundation graduate fellow, he studied political science at the Université de Haute Bretagne in Rennes, France, and attended the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He is fluent in French.

Publications By Terence

A New U.S. Plan to Avert Wider Conflicts in West Africa

A New U.S. Plan to Avert Wider Conflicts in West Africa

Thursday, April 7, 2022

By: Ambassador Terence P. McCulley;  Oge Onubogu

The United States is setting a new priority on building peace in five West African nations threatened by domestic crises and by violence that is spreading from the neighboring Sahel region. The White House named those countries among others in which to launch a new U.S. strategy to prevent violent conflicts in unstable regions. This choice signaled that stability in coastal West Africa is a vital U.S. interest — and that these five countries, while in varied stages of building democracies, can strengthen democracy and stability with more focused, long-term U.S. support. A broad consultation of scholarly and policy experts on coastal West Africa is buttressing that idea.

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