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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

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MAY 2015

57

AFSA NEWS

speak on those foreign policy

issues that he or she believes

will most engage the president

and Congress over the next

two years. Ambassador John

Negroponte gave the first

lecture in 2013.

In his talk, Amb. Pickering

offered his thoughts on the

key foreign policy challenges

facing the U.S. administration

and the new Congress up to

the 2016 elections.

Amb. Pickering, who

retired from the Foreign

Service after more than 40

years with the rank of Career

Ambassador, served as under

secretary of State for political

affairs, the third-highest post

at State, as well as ambas-

sador to the United Nations,

the Russian Federation, India,

Israel, Nigeria, Jordan and El

Salvador.

According to the Center for

International Studies, the goal

of the endowed Distinguished

Diplomat Lecture series is

to educate and inspire the

country’s future diplomats.

The lecture is free and open to

Distinguished Diplomat

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the public, though

a private recep-

tion and dinner

with the speaker

is held for major

donors.

“The Univer-

sity of St. Thomas

and the Houton

community

gained a deeper

appreciation of

U.S. diplomacy

overall and the

professional role

played by the career Foreign

Service, which is a funda-

mental mission of AFSA,” said

AFSA Executive Director Ian

Houston after the lecture.

To learn more about the

University of St. Thomas and

the Distinguished Diplomat

Program, visit

www.stthom

.

edu/DistinguishedDiplomat-

Donations. The University

of St. Thomas welcomes

donations from AFSA sup-

porters.

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–Debra Blome,

Associate Editor

From left: Dr. Hans Stockton, director of the Center for International

Studies; FSO John C. Roberts, diplomat-in-residence for Southeast Texas-

Louisiana; Ambassador Thomas Pickering, who delivered the second

biennial Distinguished Diplomat Lecture; retired FSO H. Richard Sindelar,

assistant professor at the Center for International Studies, and Ian

Houston, AFSA’s executive director.

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COURTESYOFTHECENTERFOR INTERNATIONALSTUDIES,UNIVERSITYOFST.THOMAS

AFSA Executive Director Ian Houston meets with students from the Center for

International Studies at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas.

AFSA WELCOMES NEW STAF F

AFSAwelcomes Allan Saunders, our new Communications and Press Specialist. Allan recently

graduated fromAmerican University with a bachelor’s degree in international studies and

psychology. He was an intern at

The Foreign Service Journal

from September to December 2014,

where he assisted the advertising and sales team. He is enrolled in a master’s degree program in

international affairs at AU.

Born inWyoming, Allan is also an enthusiastic traveler and spent many childhood summers in

Switzerland, where he and his family also hold citizenship.

In his free time Allan is an avid reader and enjoys working with his hands, primarily in woodworking and design.

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