Ambassador Edward W. Gnehm, Jr. joined the faculty of the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University in August 2004 as the J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro visiting professor of international affairs. He was appointed to his present position as Kuwait professor of Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Affairs in August 2006. He is also the director of the Middle East Policy Forum. Prior to coming to the Elliott School, Gnehm had a distinguished 36-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service. He was a member of the Senior Foreign Service and held the rank of career minister. His present position at the Elliott School is Kuwait professor of Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Affairs where he also directs the Middle East Policy Forum. Gnehm served as U.S. ambassador to Jordan, Australia, and Kuwait. He also served as director general of the Foreign Service, director of personnel for the Department of State, and as deputy permanent representative of the United States to the United Nations (New York).