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Former U.S. Ambassadors to Speak at Texas Tech Monday for Diplomacy Forum

Amanda Castro-Crist

March 22, 2017

The ambassadors are John Beyrle, Ronald Neumann, Kathleen Stephens and Kurt Volker.

WHAT: Panel discussion hosted by the American Academy of Diplomacy (AAD) and Texas Tech University's Office of International Affairs, the Center for Global Understanding and The CH Foundation, regarding the diplomatic challenges faced by the new administration of President Donald Trump.

The ambassadors have more than 100 combined years of foreign service experience and will be available to speak to media before the panel discussion, "Changing Constants: Diplomatic Challenges for the New Administration."


  • Media availability: 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. Monday (March 27)
  • Panel discussion: 5:30 p.m. Monday (March 27)


  • Media availability: Room 105, International Cultural Center (ICC), 601 Indiana Ave. Media should park on the north side of the ICC in visitor parking. Doors to Room 105 are located on the north side of the building.
  • Panel discussion: ICC auditorium, 601 Indiana Ave.

EVENTS: Four former U.S. ambassadors will visit Texas Tech for a panel discussion regarding diplomacy in a new presidential administration. John Beyrle will moderate the discussion.

  • John Beyrle, U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria (2005-08) and Russia (2008-12)
  • Ronald Neumann, U.S. Ambassador to Algeria (1994-97), Bahrain (2001-04) and Afghanistan (2005-07)
  • Kathleen Stephens, U.S. Ambassador to South Korea (2008-11)
  • Kurt Volker, U.S. Ambassador to NATO (2008-09)

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

Broadcast quality video and audio capabilities will be available to the media. For video and audio questions contact .

For any further questions regarding the media availability, contact Amanda Castro-Crist in the Office of Communications and Marketing.

For more information about the ambassadors, please visit the Texas Tech Today website.

CONTACT: Camille Patterson, executive assistant, Office of International Affairs, Texas Tech University, (806) 834-8882 or camille.patterson@ttu.edu

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