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Perspectives on a Foreign Service Career

Thu, March 4, 2010 | BAT 5.108

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Interested in a career with the Foreign Service? Join us for a discussion, followed by Q&A, led by a panel of distinguished guests providing perspectives on Foreign Service careers. Featuring Charles A. Ford, former U.S. Ambassador to Honduras; William R. Stewart, Diplomat in Residence at the LBJ School of Public Affairs; and Roy Harrell, Jr., retired Foreign Service Officer and UT-Austin alumnus.

About the participants:

Charles Ford served most recently as Commander, Southern Command, for the U.S. Defense Department, where he focused on Columbia and developing strategic guidance and operational instructions for engaging the private sector to address jointly regional economic and security challenges. He served the U.S. Department of State as Ambassador to Honduras, 2005-2008, for which he received the Presidential Award for Distinguished Service. As a former Foreign Commercial Service Officer in the U.S. Department of Commerce he had assignments in Argentina, Guatemala, Spain, and Venezuela, and also served as a Commercial Minister at the U.S. Mission in the European Union and the U.S. Embassy in the United Kingdom.

William Stewart served for three years as Minister Counselor for Economic and Political Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, 2006-2009, where he was senior economic and political advisor to the ambassador and led a team of 20 political and economic officers and a dozen locally engaged experts whose portfolios included bilateral political and economic relations, internal political and economic issues, and regional concerns, including the Middle East Peace Process. Prior to his Cairo assignment, he served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Muscat, and in 2003 he served in Iraq under the auspices of the Coalitional Provisional Authority, for which he received the Secretary of Defense Exceptional Civilian Service Award.

Roy Harrell began his career as an African Specialist in the CIA, working primarily on southern Africa, before moving to the Intelligence and Research Division in the State Department. He served the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer for more than 20 years, with tours of duty in Angola, Mozambique, Nyasaland, Rhodesia, Guinea, Mali, Sudan, Chand, Niger, Ghana, and Ivory Coast. Harrell graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1960.

Sponsored by: Department of Government

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