Peter Henry Barlerin is a career Foreign Service Officer and a member of the Senior Foreign Service. He currently serves as Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs. He was previously the Deputy Assistant Secretary for West Africa and Economic & 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 been Director of the Office of Economic &Regional Affairs, with oversight for sub-Saharan Africa on economics, energy, and environment; democracy and governance, multilateral affairs; and budget and strategic planning. Prior to this assignment he served as a Special Advisor to the Chair of the Kimberley Process, an international body that seeks to prevent rebel groups from profiting from the illicit sale of rough diamonds. He served from 2009 to 2012 as Deputy Chief of Mission in Bamako, Mali. His previous tours include Paris and Tokyo, as well as three previous Africa-related tours.
Before joining the State Department, he worked at the Council of Economic Advisors, under the Presidency of Ronald Reagan, and was a research associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. A/PDAS Barlerin holds an M.A. in Economics from the University of Maryland and a B.A. from Middlebury College.