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Chargé d'Affaires C. Steven McGann

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C. Steven McGann is Charge d’affaires (ad interim) of the United States Embassy in Dili, Timor-Leste.

C. Steven McGann is Charge d’affaires (ad interim) of the United States Embassy in Dili, Timor-Leste. Prior to this assignment, he was the United States Ambassador to the Republics of Fiji, Nauru, Kiribati, and the Kingdom of Tonga and Tuvalu (2008-11). During his tenure, Secretary Clinton designated him as the first United States Representative to the Pacific Islands Forum. He also served as principal interlocutor with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.  His achievements centered on democracy-building, law enforcement cooperation, maritime security, humanitarian assistance, disaster response, fisheries protection, and climate change. Ambassador McGann oversaw the largest expansion of U.S. diplomatic presence in the Pacific with the construction of Embassy Suva as a regional hub post.

Ambassador McGann concurrently serves as the Vice Chancellor of the College of International Security Affairs (CISA) at National Defense University in Washington, D.C. His responsibilities at CISA include strengthening global partnerships to enhance strategic cooperation on counter-terrorism initiatives, developing curriculum for implementation of the U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security, creating a framework for Africa security programs and lecturing on “Security, Strategy and Small States” and “Maritime Security and Pacific Affairs” at CISA and the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy.

Ambassador McGann was Director of the Office for Australian, New Zealand and Pacific Island Affairs in the Bureau for East Asian and Pacific Affairs (2006-08). He launched a series of negotiations that led to signing Ship-rider Agreements with eight Pacific Island Countries that allow the U.S. Coast Guard to patrol the EEZ’s in the region accompanied by host government maritime law enforcement officials to prevent unlicensed commercial fishing. He was also a Senior Adviser in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs serving as the expert on North Korean human rights and refugee issues and successfully worked with the Korean government on these issues (2005-06).

As the Director for Asia and Near East in the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM/ANE) from 2003-05), he was responsible for oversight of $370 million in humanitarian assistance dispensed to UNHCR, UNRWA, IOM and NGO partners to build home country capacity and reintegrate/relocate vulnerable populations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, Bhutan, Vietnam and throughout Asia. He was South Asia Bureau Deputy Director for Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh (2000-02) and helped strengthen multilateral engagement in Afghanistan. At the United States Mission to the United Nations (1998-00), he drafted and negotiated the Security Council resolution to address counter-terrorism financing efforts (UNSCR 1267). He also guided the UN Security Council resolution that endorsed Nelson Mandela as Special Envoy for Burundi and worked directly with the former South African President to determine his mandate (UNSCR 1286). Overseas assignments include Taiwan, Zaire, South Africa, Australia and Kenya.

Ambassador McGann earned a Bachelor of Arts from Claremont McKenna College (1973) and subsequently pursued graduate studies in Comparative Government at Cornell University (1975-78). He also earned a Master of Science degree from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University (2003) and is a graduate of the Naval War College’s Fourth Joint Force Maritime Commander Component Course (2007). As a Senior Foreign Service officer, he has attained the rank of Minister-Counselor (FE-MC) and received numerous superior honor awards. Ambassador McGann was born in New York, New York and is married with five children.

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