Texas Tech University

U.S. Interests in a Fragmenting Middle East: Ambassadors Forum

When: On March 7, 2016, 5:30 p.m.
Where: International Cultural Center Auditorium (601 Indiana Avenue)

Four distinguished former US Ambassadors from the American Academy of Diplomacy will be on the Tech campus to discuss US interests in today's chaotic Middle East. This dynamic panel discussion will provide intriguing foreign policy insight gained from over 100 years of combined foreign service experience. Ambassadors Ronald Neumann, John Limbert, and Robert Ford will serve as speakers, while Ambassador Richard Hoagland will moderate.

Ronald Neumann served three times as Ambassador; to Algeria, Bahrain and finally to Afghanistan from July 2005 to April 2007. Before Afghanistan, Amb. Neumann served in Baghdad from February 2004 with the Coalition Provisional Authority and then as Embassy Baghdad's principal liaison with the Multinational Command. He is author of The Other War: Winning and Losing in Afghanistan.

John Limbert is a leading expert on Iranian politics and history. He began his diplomatic career in Tehran and was one of 52 U.S. Embassy officials held hostage for 444 days from 1979-81. His most recent book is Negotiating with Iran: Wrestling the Ghosts of History.

Robert Ford retired from the U.S. Foreign Service after serving as the U.S. Ambassador to Syria from 2011 to 2014. Ambassador Ford was the State Department lead on Syria, proposing and implementing policy and developing common strategies with European and Middle Eastern allies to try to resolve the Syria conflict. He has appeared on CNN, PBS, Fox, MSNBC, NPR, and the BBC.

Richard Hoagland is one of America's leading diplomats on South and Central Asia and was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs (2013-2015). He served as Deputy US Ambassador to Pakistan (2011-2013), and was U.S. Ambassador to Kazakhstan (2008-2011), and to Tajikistan (2003-2006).

This panel discussion is free and open to the public. For more information: (806) 742-3667

Sponsors: Center for Global Understanding, The CH Foundation, the Office of International Affairs

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