Peter Henry Barlerin
U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Cameroon
Peter Henry Barlerin is the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Cameroon. He is a career Foreign Service Officer with the rank of Minister Counselor. He recently served as the Senior Bureau Official for the Bureau of African Affairs, where he was responsible for the policy and operations of nine domestic offices and 51 embassies and consulates, with an operational budget in excess of $337 million and a Foreign Assistance budget of $7 billion. Prior to this he served as Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, and before that, as Deputy Assistant Secretary for West Africa and Economic and Regional Affairs.
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. He is married to the former Ines Denise Rulis, with whom he has three adult children.