John Campbell (diplomat)
John Campbell (born 1944) was the acting director of the Office of the Historian within the Department of State. He was appointed to the position in June 2009 and was succeeded as acting director by Edward P. Brynn the same year.
|United States Ambassador to Nigeria|
May 20, 2004 – November 1, 2007
|President||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Howard Franklin Jeter|
|Succeeded by||Robin Renee Sanders|
|The Historian of the U.S. Department of State|
July 2009 – September 2009
|Preceded by||Marc Susser|
|Succeeded by||Edward P. Brynn|
|Born||1944 (age 76–77)|
|Alma mater||University of Virginia|
University of Wisconsin
Campbell joined the Foreign Service in 1975. He first served as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Human Resources at the State Department. His numerous overseas postings include service as a political counselor in Nigeria in the late 1980s, in South Africa in the mid 1990s during the transition from apartheid to majority rule and also assignments in Lyon, Geneva and Paris.
Campbell also served as United States Ambassador to Nigeria. He was appointed by President George W. Bush and served from May 12, 2004 to July 19, 2007. He presented his credentials on June 25, 2004 and was succeeded by Robin R. Sanders.
In July 2009 Campbell was given the post of acting director at the Office of the Historian after the removal of Marc Susser from the post. He left in September, after just two months, to work with the think tank Council on Foreign Relations, where he is the Ralph Bunche Senior Fellow for Africa policy studies.
In 2010, Campbell published his first book, titled Nigeria: Dancing on the Brink. The second edition of the book was published in June 2013. Campbell has also written Morning in South Africa, published in May 2016 and Nigeria: What Everyone Needs to Know, co-authored with Matthew Page and published in July 2018.
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- AllAfrica.com – "Nigeria: 'Richer' Relationship the Result of Nigeria's Democratic Transformation, Despite Flaws, Says U.S. Ambassador"
- "Audio: John Campbell on Security and Democratic Governance in Nigeria". Council on Foreign Relations. 2015-02-26. Archived from the original on 2015-03-18. Retrieved 2015-03-16.
- Appearances on C-SPAN