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

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Dr. Reuben E. Brigety, II 

US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State  

Dr. Reuben E. Brigety, II is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration.  In this capacity, he supervises US refugee programs in Africa, assisting over 11 million people, manages US humanitarian diplomacy with major international partners, and oversees the development of international migration policy. 

A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Dr. Brigety previously served as Director of the Sustainable Security Program at the Center for American Progress from January 2008 to November 2009 and as a Special Assistant in the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance at the U.S. Agency for International Development from January 2007 to January 2008. From November 2008 to January 2009, he also served as a Senior Advisor for Development and Security to the US Central Command Assessment Team in Washington and in Doha, Qatar.  

Prior to his work in the policy arena, Dr. Brigety served as an Assistant Professor of Government and Politics at George Mason University and at the School of International Service at American University between August 2003 and April 2009. In addition, Dr. Brigety was a researcher with the Arms Division of Human Rights Watch (HRW) from August 2001- May 2003, where he conducted research missions in Afghanistan and Iraq. Before joining HRW, Dr. Brigety was an active duty U.S. naval officer and held several staff positions in the Pentagon and in fleet support units.   

Dr. Brigety is a 1995 Distinguished Midshipman Graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, where he earned a B.S. in political science (with merit), served as the Brigade Commander and received the Thomas G. Pownall Scholarship. He also holds an M.Phil. and a Ph.D. in international relations from the University of Cambridge, England. Dr. Brigety is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a recipient of the Council’s International Affairs Fellowship. He resides in McLean, Virginia with his wife and two young sons.