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Cameron R. Hume
Ambassador, Republic of South Africa
Term of Appointment: 11/19/2001 to 07/28/2004

Cameron R. Hume was sworn in as Ambassador to the Republic of South Africa on November 19, 2001. Previously he served as Ambassador to the Democratic and Popular Republic of Algeria from December 1997 to September 2000. He served as Special Adviser to the Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations from September 2000 to October 2001.

Ambassador Hume joined the Foreign Service in 1970. His early assignments included tours as Vice Consul in Palermo, Advisor on Human Rights at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, member of the Secretary of State’s planning staff, and Desk Officer for South Africa. After studying Arabic at the Foreign Service Institute’s field school in Tunis, he served as Political Counselor in Damascus and Beirut, and as Director of the field school in Tunis.

In 1986 he rejoined the U.S. Mission to the United Nations as Adviser on the Middle East and then as Senior Adviser in 1990. From 1991 to 1994 he was Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See, as well as the U.S. representative to peace talks aimed at ending Mozambique’s civil war. From 1994 to 1997 he was Minister-Counselor for Political Affairs at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations.

Ambassador Hume graduated from Princeton University and the American University School of Law. He has been a Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (1975-1976) and at Harvard University’s Center for International Affairs (1989-1990), and in 1994 he was a guest scholar at the U.S. Institute of Peace. He is the author of numerous articles on diplomacy and three books: The United Nations, Iran and Iraq: How Peacemaking Changed (Indiana University Press, 1994), Ending Mozambique’s War (United States Institute of Peace, 1994), and Mission to Algiers: Diplomacy by Engagement (forthcoming).



Released on December 5, 2001

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