After 34 years as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer, Douglas McElhaney retired from the State Department in 2007, following three years as U.S. Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina.
He began his career in Lisbon, Portugal, where he witnessed the Portuguese revolution and worked for several years on the negotiations which led to the independence of Namibia. He served in Cairo, Egypt, working directly with the Egyptian military and dealing with the Arab/Israeli peace process. He also served in Rome and Milan, where he was Consul General. He was the deputy representative of the United States at NATO during the Bosnia and Kosovo conflicts.
Currently, he is a distinguished ambassador-in-residence at the University of Miami. He earned a BA from the University of Michigan, an MA from Columbia, and did further graduate work at Stanford University.