Former U.S. Ambassadors Coming to Texas Tech Monday for Middle East Forum

The ambassadors are Robert Ford, Richard Hoagland, John Limbert and Ronald Neumann.

WHAT: Panel discussion, hosted by Texas Tech University’s Office of International Affairs, the Center for Global Understanding and the CH Foundation, regarding the United States’ interests in the Middle East.

The ambassadors, who combined have more than 100 years of foreign service experience, will be available to speak to media before the panel discussion about hot topics in the Middle East.

WHEN: Media availability: 10:15-11:30 a.m. Monday (March 7)
Panel discussion: 5:30 p.m. Monday (March 7)

WHERE: Media availability: Room 105B in the International Cultural Center (ICC), 601 Indiana Ave.
Panel discussion: International Cultural Center auditorium, 601 Indiana Ave.

Four former U.S. ambassadors will visit Texas Tech for a panel discussion regarding the United States’ interests in the Middle East. Richard Hoagland will moderate the discussion.

  • Robert Ford, U.S. Ambassador to Syria (2011-14)
  • Richard Hoagland, U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan (2011-13), Kazakhstan
    (2008-11) and Tajikistan (2003-06)
  • John Limbert, U.S. Ambassador to Islamic Republic of Mauritania (2000-03)
  • Ronald Neumann, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan (2005-07), Bahrain (2001-04) and Algeria (1994-97)

During the media availability in Room 105B of the ICC (10:15-11 a.m.), each ambassador will answer three questions from the podium while each will be available for one-on-one interviews in the conference room of the ICC from 11-11:30 a.m.

Broadcast quality video and mult box capabilities will be made available to the media. For video and audio questions contact Jeff Ramazani or Lacey Nobles.

Media should utilize parking available on the north side of the ICC in visitor parking. Doors to Room 105B are located on the north side of the building.

For any further questions regarding the media availability, contact Scott Lacefield or K’Leigh Sims in the Office of Communications and Marketing

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CONTACT: Camille Patterson, executive assistant, Office of International Affairs, Texas Tech University, (806) 834-8882 or camille.patterson@ttu.edu or Jane Bell, senior director, Office of International Affairs, Texas Tech University, (806) 834-8346 or jane.bell@ttu.edu