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American Academy of Diplomacy and Texas Tech University to Host Third Annual Ambassadors' Forum

Hope Lenamon

April 4, 2018

The ambassadors will discuss the Trump administration’s foreign and trade policy.

Marcie Ries
Marcie Ries

The American Academy of Diplomacy (AAD) and the Texas Tech University Office of International Affairs will host the third annual Ambassadors' Forum at 5:30 p.m. April 16 in the International Cultural Center auditorium, located at 601 Indiana Ave. The panel is free and open to the public and will discuss foreign and trade policies of the Trump administration.

The dynamic panel discussion will feature perspectives of four diplomatic and foreign policy experts with more than 100 combined years of foreign service experience. Ronald Neumann, board president for the AAD and former deputy assistant secretary in the Bureau of Near East Affairs, will serve as moderator for the debate, “The Administration's Foreign & Trade Policy One Year In: A Selected Score Card.” Neumann has served as ambassador to Algeria, Bahrain and Afghanistan.

Tony Wayne
Tony Wayne

“Four highly accomplished retired ambassadors will offer their perspectives about the current administration's foreign and trade policy,” said Sukant Misra, vice provost for International Affairs. “This event should provide a unique opportunity to engage faculty, staff, students and local community members in discussions related to U.S. diplomacy and the global geopolitical and economic environment.”

Panelists are:

  • Marcie Ries, the former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in both the European and Arms Control Bureaus, was the Director of the State Department's Office of United Nations Political Affairs for two years after the 9/11 attacks. She also served as a three-time Chief of Mission, Head of the U.S. Office Pristina and U.S. Ambassador to Albania and Bulgaria. She currently serves as a private consultant specializing in relations with Europe and national security;
Susan Ziadeh
Susan Ziadeh
  • Tony Wayne, the former Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for European Affairs, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Europe and Canada, Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Mission to the European Union in Brussels and Director for Western Europe at the National Security Council. He also served as U.S. Ambassador to Mexico and Argentina; and
  • Susan Ziadeh, the former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Arabian Peninsula Affairs in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs and U.S. Ambassador to Qatar. She is currently a Middle East strategic advisor in Washington, D.C, a member of the Middle East Institute's Board of Governors and member of the International Advisors Council for the American University of Beirut, Lebanon.

Former Texas Tech Vice Provost for International Affairs Tibor Nagy will return to Lubbock for the panel.

“The Administration's foreign policy is now center stage for the world's focus as it pursues new, sometimes dramatic, directions in key areas,” Nagy said. “Of special concern is its trade policy and how it will impact all Americans, especially in areas like West Texas whose economies are dependent on exports. The Academy has selected a phenomenal team of foreign policy experts to analyze these policies.”

Advance interviews are available by appointment only.

For more information, please visit the Texas Tech Ambassadors Forum website.