Reuben Brigety


Reuben E. Brigety II is a member of McLarty Associates’ Board of Counselors.

He served from 2013 to 2015 as the appointed Representative of the United States to the African Union and Permanent Representative of the United States to the UN Economic Commission for Africa. Currently, he serves as the Dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Ambassador Brigety previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of African Affairs from 2011 to 2013, with responsibility for Southern African and Regional Security Affairs. Prior to that, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. In that capacity he supervised US refugee programs in Africa and managed US humanitarian diplomacy with major international partners.

Prior to his work at the State Department, Ambassador Brigety was Director of the Sustainable Security Program at the Center for American Progress. He has served as a Senior Advisor to the US Central Command Assessment Team in Washington and Doha, Qatar, and conducted research missions in Afghanistan and Iraq with Human Rights Watch. As an active duty US naval officer, he held several staff positions in the Pentagon and in fleet support units.

Ambassador Brigety is a graduate of the US Naval Academy, where he earned a BS in political science, and also holds an MPhil and PhD in international relations from the University of Cambridge. He is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies and the Council on Foreign Relations.