Mark Cassayre, representing the US Department of State, was a national security affairs fellow for 2011–2012 at the Hoover Institution.
Cassayre has a master’s degree in international relations from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, and bachelors’ degrees in French and political science from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He is a career US diplomat who has served overseas in Kenya, Ukraine, Namibia, and Geneva; Cassayre most recently served as the political counselor at the US Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, with responsibilities covering the UN Human Rights Council, the World Health Organization, and the International Labor Organization. In his other diplomatic posts, he has focused on human rights, democracy, political affairs, nonproliferation, and political-military cooperation. Cassayre’s advocacy in Kenya, immediately after the bombing of the US Embassy there, earned him the State Department’s Annual Award for Exceptional Achievement in Human Rights and Democracy. He speaks French and Ukrainian; his hobbies include camping, fishing, and pole vaulting.