A former European history professor who went on to lead international relations in several countries and who has earned several awards of distinction from several more, will be on campus on Monday, Nov. 4, to deliver this year's Roemer Lecture on World Affairs.
Cameron Munter, who was the U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan until July 2012, will speak about "Three Decades on the Front Lines: Tales of the Foreign Service." The lecture is at 4 p.m. in the College Union Ballroom and is free and open to the public.
During his tenure as ambassador to Pakistan, Munter guided U.S.-Pakistani relations through a succession of crises, including the operation against Osama bin Laden. He previously served as U.S. ambassador to Serbia, where he negotiated Serbian domestic consensus for European integration and managed the Kosovo independence crisis.
Munter has a comprehensive and accomplished background in international affairs. He also served as deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, overseeing U.S. civilian and military cooperation in planning the drawdown of U.S. troops; and as deputy chief of mission in the Czech Republic and Poland, where he managed the American contribution to those countries' integration into Western civilian and military institutions.
Munter also established the first provincial reconstruction team in Iraq, served as director at the National Security Council; was executive assistant to the counselor of the State Department; and served as chief of staff of the NATO Enlargement Ratification Office at the State Department and in other diplomatic assignments in Washington and overseas.
He is the recipient of the Gold Medal of the Polish Army and the Czech Republic's Masaryk Medal. He earned a Distinguished Honor Award, four Superior Honor Awards and seven Senior Performance Pay Awards from the Department of State. He has advised the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna and was a Dean Rusk Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University in Washington. Before joining the Foreign Service, he taught European history at the University of California in Los Angeles and directed European studies at the Twentieth Century Fund in New York. Since last January, Munter has taught international relations at Pomona College in California. He is also a non-resident fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
The annual lecture is an endowed series created in the memory of the late Spencer J. Roemer, emeritus director of admissions at Geneseo and member of the Geneseo Foundation Board of Directors.