Peter Henry Barlerin is the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Cameroon. He is a career Foreign Service Officer and a member of the Senior Foreign Service. He recently served as the Senior Bureau Official for the Bureau of African Affairs and as Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary. Prior to this, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary for West Africa and Economic and Regional Affairs, with responsibility for relations with 16 West African countries and the U.S. Mission to the African Union, in Addis Ababa.
He has also worked as Director of the Office of Economic and Regional Affairs, with oversight for sub-Saharan Africa on economics, energy, and environment; democracy and governance, multilateral affairs; and budget and strategic planning. From 2009 to 2012 he was Deputy Chief of Mission in Bamako, Mali. His previous tours include Paris and Tokyo, as well as three previous Africa-related tours.
Barlerin holds an M.A. in Economics from the University of Maryland and a B.A. from Middlebury College.