Jon Temin is currently the Africa director at Freedom House and has worked on Africa, governance, and conflict issues for more than 15 years. From 2014 to 2017, he was a member of the Department of State’s Policy Planning Staff, providing strategic guidance and long-term thinking to the secretary on Africa issues. Mr. Temin previously served as director of the U.S. Institute of Peace’s Africa Program, overseeing the Institute’s efforts to help end conflicts and prevent new violence across the continent. His commentary on Africa issues has been featured by, among other outlets, the BBC, Al Jazeera, the New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Voice of America, and National Public Radio, and he has testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Mr. Temin holds a B.A. from Swarthmore College and an M.A. in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. He is a former Fulbright fellow in Ghana, where he worked with the Ghana Center for Democratic Development on monitoring media coverage of the 2000 elections. He is also a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.