Jerry Lanier

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Person.png Jerry Lanier   SourcewatchRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
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Alma materUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Pembroke State University
US diplomat with military/intelligence roles in Africa

Employment.png Acting United States Ambassador to Sudan

In office
May 13, 2014 - February 26, 2016

Employment.png Acting Coordinator for Counterterrorism

In office
December 12, 2012 - February 18, 2014
Succeeded byTina Kaidanow

Employment.png United States Ambassador to Uganda

In office
January 24, 2010 - June 11, 2012

Jerry P. Lanier is a former acting U.S. Ambassador to Sudan, in a period where the country went from an opponent to be broken, to starting a drastic realignment, including plans to abandon physical cash for digital payments. He was the Acting Coordinator for Counterterrorism in the Bureau of Counterterrorism, at the Department of State from December 2012 to February 2014.[1] and was an advisor to AFRICOM, the US military command for Africa.

He is a career diplomat with the Department of State.[2] 2010-2012, he was Ambassador to the Republic of Uganda.


A career diplomat, Jerry P. Lanier held numerous positions within the State Department prior to assignment in Kampala. Lanier joined the State Department in 1983, and his first assignment was to Embassy of the United States of America to the Republic of the Philippines in Manila.[3] From 1986 to 1989 he served as a Political Officer in Kenya, and then traveled to Washington, D.C. to serve as Special Assistant to Assistant Secretary for African Affairs.[3][4]

From 1990 to 1992 he served as Desk Officer for the Republic of Korea,[4] before transferring to Bangkok, Thailand from 1993 to 1997.[3] He spent several years back in Washington, D.C. services as Deputy Director for the Office of West African Affairs and as a Legislative Management Officer for Africa.[3]

From 2001 to 2002 he worked out of Eagle Base in Tuzla, Bosnia as a Political Advisor to the Commander of U.S. forces.[3] From 2002 to 2003 he was Deputy Director for the Office of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh Affairs.[4] From 2003 to 2006 he was the Deputy Chief of Mission to the United States Embassy in Accra, Ghana,[3] and was later Director of the Office of Regional and Security Affairs in the Bureau of African Affairs (AF/RSA),[5] which coordinates security, counterterrorism and peacekeeping operations in Africa.[3]

He joined as a Foreign Policy Advisor to United States Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany in 2007.[3][6]

Between 2010-2012, he was Ambassador to the Republic of Uganda, and ambassador to the Sudan between 2014-2016.