George Moose is adjunct professor and professional lecturer in international practice at the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He recently retired from the U.S. Department of State, at the conclusion of a 35-year career in the United States Foreign Service.
Ambassador Moose has held a number of senior foreign policy positions. From 1998-2001, he was U.S. permanent representative to the European Office of the United Nations in Geneva. Previously he served as assistant secretary of state for African Affairs (1993-97); alternate representative to the United Nations Security Council (1991-92); ambassador to the Republic of Senegal (1988-91); and ambassador to the Republic of Benin (1983-86).
Ambassador Moose is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the State Department’s Distinguished Service Award. In 2002, he was promoted to the rank of career ambassador, the most senior rank in the U.S. Foreign Service. He has been appointed to the Consultative Group of International Advisors of the International Committee of the Red Cross. He also is a member of the Aspen Institute’s Global Interdependence Initiative, the Board of Directors of Search for Common Ground, the National Council of the United Nations Association and the American Academy of Diplomacy.
Ambassador Moose was born in New York City and grew up in Denver, Colorado. He received a B.A. in American studies from Grinnell College, Iowa, in 1966. He studied American history and foreign policy at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. He was granted an Honorary Doctorate of Laws by Grinnell College in 1990. He speaks fluent French and is married to Judith Kaufmann, who was also a career member of the Foreign Service.