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Center for Leadership & Ethics
VMI, Marshall Hall
500 Anderson Drive
Lexington, VA  24450

/assets/0/2911/4294969305/4294972551/7deec5da-a6a6-44c4-9b92-9b5ae1774aa5.jpgAmbassador Louis J. Nigro, Jr. (retired), Ph.D., is currently active as a Coordinator on the Political-Military Action Team, in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, U.S. Department of State, in Washington, DC, and has served as a consultant on African and international affairs, for the U.S. Army Command Africa (USARAF), in Vicenza, Italy, and for the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
 
He was U.S. Ambassador to Chad from 2007 to 2010.  Before that, Ambassador Nigro served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Guinea, Cuba, and The Vatican.  He also served previously overseas at U.S. embassies in Haiti, Chad, The Vatican, and The Bahamas.

In Washington, Ambassador Nigro held positions in the Department of State's Operations Center, Policy Planning Staff, Office of Western European Affairs, and Office of Canadian Affairs.  He also served on details as Professor of International Relations at the U.S. Army War College and as Diplomat in Residence at the University of Houston.

For his service in Haiti, he won the Department of State's Superior Honor Award.

Before joining the Foreign Service, Ambassador Nigro was an Operations and Training Planner in the Department of Defense and served as a military police officer in the California Army National Guard. He retired from the Senior Foreign Service of the United States in 2010 after 33 years of government service.

Ambassador Nigro earned a PhD. in Modern European History from Vanderbilt University and won a Fulbright-Hays Research Fellowship in Italy.  Following that, he was an Instructor in History at Stanford University.

He is the author of the book, The New Diplomacy in Italy: American Propaganda and U.S.-Italian Relations, 1917-1919 (New York: Peter Lang, 1999) and of scholarly articles on historical and diplomatic themes.

Ambassador Nigro speaks French and Italian fluently.