David Shinn

Former U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia and Burkina Faso


David Shinn is currently an adjunct professor in the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. During his 37 years at the Department of State, Shinn served as ambassador to Ethiopia (1996-99) and Burkina Faso (1987-90).

Featured Work

African farmer sorts maize. CREDIT: <A HREF="http://www.flickr.com/photos/gatesfoundation/5534111628/">Gates Foundation</a>, (<a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/deed.en">CC</a>)

JUN 18, 2012 Podcast

Supply Chains, and China's Interests in Africa

Ambassador David Shinn and NYU Professor Joshua Eisenman discuss China's economic interests in Africa, and the ethical questions these raise. Next comes U.S. hedge ...

CREDIT: <a href="http://flickr.com/photos/guuleed/134333025/">Guled Hussein</a> (<a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/deed.en">CC</a>).

APR 24, 2008 Article

Policy Innovations Digital Magazine (2006-2016): Innovations: Building a Foundation of Trust

China's presence in Africa is often viewed as part of the scramble for resources, but it also opens the door to U.S.-China cooperation ...

CREDIT: Confucius, courtesy of <a href="http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page" target=_blank>Project Gutenberg</a>.

DEC 21, 2006 Article

Policy Innovations Digital Magazine (2006-2016): Commentary: The China Factor in African Ethics

Many African governments perceive China as a welcome counterpoint to the United States and the West in general, especially when the latter criticizes African human ...

DEC 7, 2006 Podcast

Human Rights Issues and the Africa-China Economic Relationship

David Shinn describes the background, perceived values, and current diplomatic and human rights issues surrounding the growing economic relationships between China and African nations.