US Ambassador (retired) Carey Cavanaugh is Professor of Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution at the University of Kentucky’s Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce, serving as director for the past decade. This followed a diplomatic career at the Department of State centered on peacebuilding, arms control, political-military affairs, and humanitarian issues. In addition to assignments in Washington, DC at the State Department, Pentagon, and the Senate, he served in Berlin, Moscow, Tbilisi, Rome, and Bern.
Carey has long been active in conflict resolution, helping advance for the United States peace efforts involving Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Georgia, Greece, Moldova, Tajikistan, and Turkey. The South Caucasus has been a particular focus. In 1992, he established the first American Embassy to the new Republic of Georgia. He was later appointed Special Negotiator for Eurasian Conflicts, serving simultaneously as US Co-chair of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s Minsk Group. In 2001, he hosted OSCE peace talks on Nagorno-Karabakh in Key West, Florida. Carey holds degrees from the University of Florida and the University of Notre Dame, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is currently on sabbatical, dividing his time between being an executive-in-residence at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy and a visiting fellow at Clare College, Cambridge.