David Shinn has been teaching in the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University since 2001. He previously served for 37 years in the Foreign Service with assignments at embassies in Lebanon, Kenya, Tanzania, Mauritania, Cameroon, Sudan, and as ambassador to Burkina Faso and Ethiopia. One of his positions in the State Department was director for East Africa and the Horn of Africa. He is the co-author of the Historical Dictionary of Ethiopia and China and Africa: A Century of Engagement. He has a PhD in political science from George Washington University.