Ambassador Michael G. Schmunk (rtd.) was a German career diplomat. He was German ambassador to Azerbaijan, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Slovak Republic. He also served as Ambassador at Large and special envoy for Afghanistan, being responsible for the "Bonn Process” and the development and establishment of the German Provincial Reconstruction Teams. From 2004 to 2005, he was a senior research fellow/visiting diplomat in residence at the Berlin-based German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik). From 2005 to 2006, he worked as a senior fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. He also served as Deputy Chief of Mission to the Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Germany to the OSCE in Vienna as well as Visiting Diplomat in Residence and Guest Researcher at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Hamburg.
His practical experience and research include peace-, state- and nation-building in post-conflict societies; civil-military cooperation in the fields of stabilization and reconstruction; states-at-risk, weak and failed states; Western Balkans; South Caucasus; Afghanistan; South Africa.