Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts Ambassador Alexander M. Laskaris

Ambassador Alexander M. Laskaris

Ambassador Alexander Laskaris was sworn in as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Chad on July 19, 2022. 
Ambassador Laskaris first came to Africa in 1989 an English and Mathematics teacher at a high school in the South African township of Galeshewe and over the following two years he was a witness to a peaceful and democratic transition from apartheid to majority rule.  Upon joining the State Department in 1991, Ambassador Laskaris chose to specialize in African affairs, with postings in Liberia, Botswana, Angola, Burundi and Guinea, where he served as Ambassador from 2012 to 2015.  He has also worked on African peace, security, and development from the US Mission to the United Nations, the State Department, and United States Africa Command.  Outside of Africa, Ambassador Laskaris has worked in Kosovo and northern Iraq.  He was a professor at the National War College in Washington DC, where he served as the academic advisor to 20 African students from 2019 to 2022.