Foreign Service Officer Eric M. Wong, U.S. Department of State
Foreign Policy Advisor
Eric M. Wong serves as the Foreign Policy Advisor (POLAD) for the Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa. In this position, he advises the Commanding General and his staff on foreign policy matters related to the command’s mission and activities in East Africa. Mr. Wong joined the Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa’s (CJTF-HOA) leadership team on October 8, 2019.
A career Foreign Service Officer who joined the U.S. Department of State in 1997, Mr. Wong most recently served as division chief for West and Southern Africa, in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research’s (INR) Office of Analysis for Africa, in Washington, D.C. His experience in Africa includes serving as deputy chief of mission (DCM) at the U.S. Embassy in Kigali, Rwanda; DCM at the U.S. Embassy in Djibouti; chargé d’affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Antananarivo, Madagascar; political officer at the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and at the U.S. Embassy in Kigali. He has also served as a senior advisor for African Union peacekeeping in the Bureau of African Affairs. As the DCM at the U.S. Embassy in Djibouti from 2007 to 2010, Mr. Wong supported U.S. efforts to combat piracy off the coast of Somalia and worked on issues related to Camp Lemonnier, counterterrorism and CJTF-HOA.
A graduate of Yale College, Mr. Wong holds a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), and a master’s degree in national security strategy from the National War College. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, he worked in the private sector and for the United Nations: at the UN Secretariat in New York, and as a civilian staff member of the UN peacekeeping mission in Mogadishu, Somalia (UNOSOM II). Mr. Wong is from Los Angeles, California. He is married and has two daughters.