US REP TO AFRICAN UNION TO VISIT GAMBIA

On May 7-8, the Representative of the United States of America to theAMBASSADOR BRIGETY
African Union and Permanent Representative of the United States to the UN Economic Commission for Africa, Ambassador Reuben Brigety, will visit The Gambia, a press release from the us embassy reveals.Ambassador Brigety will meet with African Union representatives and
members of civil society, in support of the continuing “close ties
between the United States of America and the African Union.” He will
hold a press conference with the media to speak and answer questions
about “the strong ties between the U.S. and the African Union.”
Ambassador Brigety is also the Permanent Representative of the United
States to the UN Economic Commission for Africa.
Ambassador Reuben E. Brigety, II was appointed Representative of the
United States of America to the African Union and Permanent
Representative of the United States to the UN Economic Commission for Africa on September 3, 2013.  Prior to this appointment, Ambassador
Brigety served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of
African Affairs from November 14, 2011 until September 3, 2013 with
responsibility for Southern African and Regional Security Affairs.
From December 2009 to November 2011, he served as Deputy Assistant
Secretary of State in the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and
Migration.  In this capacity, he supervised U.S. refugee programs in
Africa, managed U.S. humanitarian diplomacy with major international
partners, and oversaw the development of international migration
policy.
A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Ambassador Brigety previously
served as Director of the Sustainable Security Program at the Center
for American Progress from January 2008 to November 2009 and as a
Special Assistant in the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and
Humanitarian Assistance at the U.S. Agency for International
Development from January 2007 to January 2008.  From November 2008 to
January 2009, he also served as a senior advisor for Development and
Security to the U.S. Central Command Assessment Team in Washington and
in Doha, Qatar.
Prior to his work in the policy arena, Ambassador Brigety served as an
assistant professor of government and politics at George Mason
University and at the School of International Service at American
University between August 2003 and April 2009.  In addition,
Ambassador Brigety was a researcher with the Arms Division of Human
Rights Watch (HRW) from August 2001- May 2003, where he conducted
research missions in Afghanistan and Iraq.  Before joining HRW,
Ambassador Brigety was an active duty U.S. naval officer and held
several staff positions in the Pentagon and in fleet support units.
Ambassador Brigety is a 1995 distinguished midshipman graduate of the
U.S. Naval Academy, where he earned a B.S. in political science (with
merit), served as the Brigade Commander and received the Thomas G.
Pownall Scholarship.  He also holds an M.Phil. and a Ph.D. in
international relations from the University of Cambridge, England.
Ambassador Brigety is a member of the International Institute for
Strategic Studies, a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations,
and a recipient of the Council’s International Affairs Fellowship.