Ambassador C. Steven McGann
Vice Chancellor, College of International Security Affairs
National Defense University
Ambassador C. Steven McGann's responsibilities include strengthening global partnerships and building a sustainable network to enhance strategic cooperation on security issues. Prior to this assignment, he was the U.S. Ambassador to the Republics of Fiji, Nauru, Kiribati, and the Kingdom of Tonga and Tuvalu (2008-11). AMB McGann is a career Senior Foreign Service officer who holds the rank of Minister-Counselor (FE-MC). During his tenure, Secretary Clinton designated him the first U.S. representative to the Pacific Islands Forum; he also served as the principal interlocutor with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community. AMB McGann’s achievements center on democracy-building, law enforcement cooperation, fisheries protection, climate change adaptation and mitigation. He oversaw the largest expansion of the U.S. diplomatic presence in the Pacific, with the creation of Embassy Suva as a regional hub post and the construction of a $60 million new embassy chancery compound in Fiji.
AMB McGann recently served as the Director of the Office for Australian, New Zealand and Pacific Island Affairs in the Bureau for East Asian and Pacific Affairs (2006-08). During his time there, the U.S. increased engagement with Pacific Island countries, strengthened ties with Australia, and developed closer relations with New Zealand. AMB McGann was also a Senior Adviser in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, serving as the maritime security coordinator and expert on North Korean human rights and refugee issues (2005-06).
As the Director for Asia and Near East in the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM/ANE) from 2003-05, AMB McGann was responsible for oversight of $370 million in humanitarian assistance dispensed to UNHCR, UNRWA, IOM and NGO partners. His efforts centered on working with governments, international organizations and financial institutions to build home country capacity and reintegrate vulnerable populations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, Bhutan, North Korea and throughout Asia. He was South Asia Bureau Deputy Director for Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh (2000-02), and helped craft polices to restore democracy in Afghanistan. At the U.S. Mission to the United Nations (1998-2000), he developed and implemented Security Council strategies for Afghanistan, Cyprus and peacekeeping operations in Georgia and Tajikistan. He also stewarded the U.N. Security Council resolution that endorsed Nelson Mandela as Special Envoy for Burundi, and worked directly with the former South African President to determine his mandate. His overseas posts include Taiwan, Zaire, South Africa, Australia and Kenya. He is a recipient of several superior honor awards.
AMB McGann received a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College, and pursued graduate studies in comparative government at Cornell University. He received an M.S. from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University, and is a graduate of the Fourth Joint Force Maritime Commander Component Course, Naval War College.