- Fall 2006
George E. Moose is an Adjunct Professor and Professorial Lecturer in International Practice at the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where he teaches a graduate seminar on the United Nations. Moose recently retired from the U.S. Department of State at the conclusion of a thirty-five year career in the U.S. Foreign Service, having attained the rank of Career Ambassador.
Born in New York City, Ambassador Moose grew up in Denver, Colorado. He attended Grinnell College, where he received a BA in American Studies. Following a year of graduate study at Syracuse University, he entered the U.S. Foreign Service in 1967. Moose's first assignments were to Vietnam, Barbados, the State Department's Office of Southern African Affairs and the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. Mr. Moose later served as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Benin (1983-86) and to the Republic of Senegal (1988-91). From 1991 to 1992 he was U.S. Alternate Representative in the United Nations Security Council. In 1993, Moose was appointed Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, a position he occupied until 1997. From 1998 to 2001, Moose was U.S. Permanent Representative to the European Office of the United Nations in Geneva. Ambassador Moose serves on the boards of Search for Common Ground, the Atlantic Council, the American Academy of Diplomacy and Elderhostel. Moose is a member of the Committee of International Advisors of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva, and of the advisory committee of the Aspen Institute's Global Interdependence Initiative. Moose is married to Judith Kaufmann who, since retiring from the State Department in 2004, has been a consultant on international health diplomacy.