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Picture of Cindy CourvilleBIOGRAPHY

Cindy Courville
Ambassador, African Union
Term of Appointment: 12/18/2006 to 06/12/2008

Cindy L. Courville is the U.S. Ambassador to the African Union. Prior to her appointment she served as the Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs at the National Security Council where she developed and coordinated United States policy engagement with Africa.

Ambassador Courville went to the NSC from the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), where she served as a Senior Intelligence Officer in the Office of the Chief of Staff. In her career at DIA, she also served the Deputy Assistant Defense Intelligence Office for Africa Policy as a liaison to the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Africa, the National Security Council, the Department of State, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Ambassador Courville was also the Director for East African Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense where she was responsible for the coordination of U.S. military and security policy with East Africa and the Horn of Africa. Ambassador Courville previously served as Director for African Affairs at the National Security Council from June 2001 through August 2003.

Ambassador Courville's professional experience includes 10 years in the university arena as a member of the political science faculty at Hanover College in Indiana and Occidental College in Los Angeles. She was an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Zimbabwe; a Shell Oil Fellow at the University of Denver; and a Ford Minority Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of California at Los Angeles.

Ambassador Courville graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a B.A. and M.A. in political science and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Denver, Graduate School of International Studies, in comparative politics and international relations.

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Released on December 27, 2006

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