Texas Tech University

7th Annual
Ambassador's Forum

“THE FUTURE OF GLOBAL DIPLOMACY:
ACTORS AND FACTORS”

Presented by Texas Tech Office of International Affairs and
the American Academy of Diplomacy

March 10, 2022 | 5:30 p.m. | Office of International Affairs Auditorium

This event is FREE and open to the public.

The practice of diplomacy is shifting in the world. Transnational problems, such as climate change, migrations, pandemics, and crime, present more immediate challenges. Cyber issues span the gamut of challenges, and new technological advances once again pushed space exploration to the forefront of international competition and collaboration.

None of these problems can be solved bilaterally or by nations alone, yet nation states remain essential to agree and enforce solutions. The requirement to bring states and international bodies to cooperate is the challenge to diplomacy in the 21st Century.

How well can the existing diplomatic institutions and practices, bilateral and multilateral, handle these of new challenges? Are U.S. diplomats prepared for the changing nature of global problems? Are alliances still a viable diplomatic tool in the current polarized environment? And how do transnational social movements or other non-state actors fit into this picture?

The Ambassadors' Forum will bring together senior diplomats to speculate and answer questions within this broad panorama of challenges:

Panel Members

Ambassador Ronald Neumann

Ambassador Ronald Neumann serves as the American Academy of Diplomacy Board President and was former deputy assistant secretary in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. He will serve as moderator for the debate. Neumann, served three times as Ambassador; to Algeria, Bahrain and finally to Afghanistan from July 2005 to April 2007. Before Afghanistan, Mr. Neumann, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, served in Baghdad from February 2004 with the Coalition Provisional Authority and then as Embassy Baghdad's liaison with the Multinational Command, where he was deeply involved in coordinating the political part of military actions. Prior to working in Iraq, he was Ambassador in Manama, Bahrain, Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Near East Affairs with responsibility for North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, and Ambassador to Algeria. He was Director of the Office of Northern Gulf Affairs (Iran and Iraq). Earlier in his career, he was Deputy Chief of Mission in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and in Sanaa in Yemen, Principal Officer in Tabriz, Iran and Economic/Commercial Officer in Dakar, Senegal. His previous Washington assignments include service as Jordan Desk officer, Staff Assistant in the Middle East (NEA) Bureau, and Political Officer in the Office of Southern European Affairs.

Ambassador Ronald Neumann 

Ambassador Deborah McCarthy

Ambassador Deborah McCarthy is an expert on U.S. foreign and national security policy with over 30 years of diplomatic experience. Currently, she is a Fellow at Harvard University in the Advanced Leadership Initiative. She is the host/producer of the National Security Podcast series "The General and the Ambassador: A Conversation". McCarthy was the U.S. Ambassador to Lithuania (2013-2016), served as the Deputy Ambassador at the U.S. Embassy in Greece and the U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua. In Washington, she was the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Narcotics and Law Enforcement, Senior Advisor for Counter Terrorism and Special Coordinator for Venezuela. She has held numerous other diplomatic postings around the globe. She is active on social media on U.S. foreign policy (Twitter: @Amb_DMcCarthy) and is a regular public speaker. She is a member of the Atlantic Council and American College of National Security Leaders. She serves on the Board of the Academy of Diplomacy , the Command and General Staff College Foundation, as well as on the Advisory Council for the Master's program in Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

Ambassador Deborah McCarthy 

Ambassador Jo Ellen Powell

Ambassador Jo Ellen Powell is a career member of the United States Foreign Service who served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Human Resources (2016-2017), U.S. Ambassador to Mauritania (2010-2013), and Consul General in Frankfurt, Germany (2006-2009). She joined the State Department in 1976 as a civil servant and moved to the Foreign Service in 1980 and was posted to Amman, Jordan. Following an assignment to the State Department Operations Center, she returned to the Middle East, serving as Economic-Commercial Officer at Embassy Beirut (1983-84). Subsequent assignments included Embassy Rome, the European Bureau Executive Office, and Embassy Paris. Ms. Powell has served as Deputy Executive Director of the Executive Secretariat, was Management Counselor at Embassy Canberra, Australia, as director of the Office of Employee Relations in HR, as Executive Director of the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, and as Consul General in Frankfurt, Germany. She was confirmed as U.S. Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania (2010 - 2013) and served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Resources, until June 2017.

Ambassador Jo Ellen Powell 

Ambassador Kenneth C. Brill

Ambassador Kenneth C. Brill was the President of The Fund for Peace from November 2010 till 2011 after completing a 35-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service. Ambassador Brill's overseas assignments with the Department of State included serving as Ambassador to the IAEA and the UN Office in Vienna, Ambassador to the Republic of Cyprus, acting-Ambassador and Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India, and Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan. His domestic assignments in the Department of State included service as acting-Assistant Secretary and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, Executive Secretary of the Department and Special Assistant to the Secretary of State, and Director of the Office of Egyptian Affairs. Ambassador Brill has written and spoken on the subjects of the nuclear nonproliferation regime, countering the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, the challenges of WMD terrorism, the environment as a national security issue and U.S. intelligence reform.

Ambassador Kenneth C. Brill