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Brook Hailu Beshah, Ph.D.

  • Adjunct Professor
  • Fulbright specialist
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Scripps College of Communication

Areas of Expertise

African Culture
African Foreign Policy and Diplomacy
African Media
African Peace and Security
African Regional Security
China in Africa
Development in Africa
Foreign Policy
Horn of Africa Regional Security
International Affairs
International Media Affairs
International Relations
International Security
Islam in Africa
Public Advocacy
Public Diplomacy
Radical Islam
Terrorism in Africa
The African Diaspora in the US
The African Union
The United Nations

Expert Bio

As a veteran diplomat and international journalism professor, Brook Hailu Beshah was happy to discover the diversity and global representation on Ohio University’s campus. His mission, besides turning students into international citizens, is to highlight the international diversity that exists on Ohio University’s campus.

In addition to his journalism expertise, Beshah honed his international relations, global policy, diplomacy, and foreign policy skills while serving as the Minister Plenipotentiary and Special Envoy with the rank of Deputy Ambassador for the Ethiopian Embassy in Washington, D.C. In addition, he was a permanent deputy delegate for Ethiopia to UNESCO. He oversaw public diplomacy activities in reaching out to the American public; the Ethiopian Diaspora; U.S.-based NGOs, think tanks, religious and humanitarian organizations.

He’s also presented around the world on international relations topics, including presentations at Ohio State University, the Council on Foreign Relations, George Washington University, and the National Defense University African Center for Strategic Studies.

Before coming to Ohio University, Beshah, who speaks English, German and French, taught at numerous institutions, including George Washington University, the University of Maryland University College, Carnegie Mellon University, Northern Virginia Community College, National University of Rwanda and Addis Ababa University. He was the head of the external relations office of Addis Ababa University, where he promoted academic and research collaborations with US, European and African universities, various research institutions and supervised international student exchange programs.

He was also selected as Honorary Consul in 2019 for his country of origin, Ethiopia to the state of Ohio. His appointment also covers the states of Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky & Western Pa. He travels between the states prompting relations between the United States and Ethiopia; promoting trade, commerce, tourism, education- faculty and staff exchange. The position is a diplomatic rank and is given with the recognition of the U.S. State Department.

Beshah, who is a naturalized citizen of the US, earned both a Ph.D. in International Political Communications and an M.A. in Political Science and International Relations from Leipzig University in Germany and his BA in Political Science and International Relations from Addis Ababa University. He has also earned a certificate from Ohio University Contemporary History Institute.

Expertise at a Glance

Beshah is an expert in international journalism, foreign policy and global representation. He’s served for the Ethiopian Embassy in D.C. and was a permanent deputy delegate for Ethiopia to UNESCO. He’s also overseen public diplomacy activities.

Media Placements

  • BBC World News
  • International Affairs Review