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Philip French

Philip French

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Philip French

Adjunct Professor, Maxwell in Washington, D.C.

Chair of International Cooperative Administrative Support Services (ICASS), U.S. Department of State

Part-time Coordinator, Department of State’s Political Military Action Team

Highest degree earned

B.A., University of California, Riverside, 1978


Philip C. French spent 30 years in the U.S. Foreign Service, serving in Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, in addition to two tours in the State Department's Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs in Washington, D.C.

Following a tour in Madrid as consul general, French was assigned in 2001 to San Salvador as deputy chief of mission and later served as acting chief of mission. He was posted to Caracas as deputy chief of mission in 2007 before his final assignment as team leader for the Embedded Provincial Reconstruction Team in Fallujah, Iraq from 2008 to 2009.

From 2011 until 2016 French served as executive director of the American Committees on Foreign Relations, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the national security interests of the U.S by enhancing citizen knowledge of foreign affairs. He currently chairs the inter-agency working group for the State Department’s International Cooperative Administrative Support Services (ICASS), the system by which the U.S. government provides and shares the cost of common administrative support at its more than 250 diplomatic and consular posts overseas.

French is also a part-time coordinator in the Department of State’s Political Military Action Team.  A graduate of the University of California, Riverside, French spent the 1996-97 academic year as diplomat in residence at the Yale Center for International and Area Studies.  

Areas of Expertise

U.S. foreign policy, international relations, Latin America