On Monday, April 16th, 2012, at 4:30 PM, Ronald McMullen, former US Ambassador to Eritrea (2007-2010), will deliver an address on American foreign policy and diplomatic relations in Africa.

A member of the Senior Foreign Service with over twenty-eight years of diplomatic experience, Ambassador McMullen has held a number of significant posts within the State Department. Most recently, Ambassador McMullen served as United States Ambassador to Eritrea (2007-2010). Prior to his appointment, he was the Deputy Chief of Mission in Rangoon, Burma (2002-2005), where his duties included working closely with Nobel laureate and democracy activist Aung Sang Suu Kyi. He is currently the Diplomat-in-Residence at the University of Texas at Austin.

In addition to his service in Burma and Eritrea, Ambassador McMullen has held in the Fiji Islands, South Africa, Gabon, Sri Lanka, and the Dominican Republic. He also directed the Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan in the Bureau of International Narcotic and Law Enforcement Affairs.

Mr. McMullen received his Bachelors Degree from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and his Masters Degree from the University of Minnesota. At the University of Iowa, he completed his PhD in political science, where he wrote his dissertation on the economic consequences of African coups d’états.