Bio

Michael K. Morrow is the Senior Diplomatic Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center Africa Program. Mike is a detailee from the U.S. Department of State, where he is a Senior Foreign Service Officer, rank of Minister-Counselor.

Mike led the U.S. Embassy in Juba, South Sudan as Charge d’Affaires from August 2017 to June 2018. Prior to that, he served at the State Department headquarters in Washington for six years as: Chief of Staff to the Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS; Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Legislative Affairs; Director for East African Affairs; and Director for Central European Affairs.

Mike worked at U.S. Embassy Baghdad as Deputy Director and then Director of the Office of Provincial Affairs from 2010-11. He served as Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Chiang Mai, Thailand from 2007-10. His earlier Foreign Service postings were at the U.S. embassies in Gaborone, Warsaw, Moscow, and Lagos. Other Washington assignments included Director of Crisis Management Support in the Operations Center, and Deputy Director of the Office of Russian Affairs.

Mike holds a Masters Degree in International Affairs from Columbia University. He earned a B.A. in Political Science at Miami University.  Mike is from Saline, Michigan. His wife, Shannon, is from Vancouver, British Columbia. They have two sons, Sean and Brett. Sean attends the University of Arizona; Brett attends secondary school.