What U.S. Diplomats Do, and Why it Matters
Monday, April 22, 2019,7:00 am - 8:00 pm EDT
The New College International Studies Program and the Sarasota World Affairs Council present Ambassador Barbara Stephenson, president of the American Foreign Service Association.
Ambassador Stephenson’s diplomatic career of over 30 years. She will address the role of diplomacy, recent changes in the U.S. Department of State, and building diplomatic careers.
Her career includes stints as Dean of the Leadership and Management School at the Foreign Service Institute; Ambassador to Panama; first female Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d’affaires to the U.K.; Deputy Senior Advisor to the Secretary and Deputy Coordinator for Iraq, where she won the State Department’s Distinguished Honor Award for developing and implementing the “civilian surge” to improve governance and reduce violence in Iraq’s provinces; American Consul General in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where she worked on the Northern Ireland Peace Process; special assistant to Under Secretaries for Political Affairs covering Europe, including the war-torn Balkans; political-military officer in South Africa; and political officer in The Hague, El Salvador and Panama.