Mr. Snyder has served in numerous high-level military, diplomatic, and intelligence roles relating to the African continent over the years. Such positions include Acting Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, the U.S. State Department’s Senior Representative on Sudan, Senior Political-Military Advisor to the Africa Bureau as well as National Intelligence Officer for Africa. In October of 2013, Snyder retired from public service as a Senior Advisor to the State Department’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Bureau, where he had also served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary.
“We at IWP are just delighted that an authority of Professor Snyder’s credentials will be teaching for us in a subject that is of ever greater strategic importance to the United States,” said IWP founder and president John Lenczowski. “His experience in the Army, the State Department, and the intelligence community is a rare combination that can only redound to the benefit of our students and our country.”
In his course, Mr. Snyder will review the historical and contemporary political situation in Africa, including the transition from colonial rule to independence; the impact of the Cold War on these countries; the role of China, France and the UK in Africa currently; and the relationship of African countries with the United States.