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SEPTEMBER 2015

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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

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mbassador William C. Harrop is

the 2015 recipient of the Ameri- can Foreign Service Association’s Lifetime Contributions to American Diplomacy Award in recognition of

his distinguished Foreign Ser-

vice career and lifetime of public

service.

During his 39-year career as a

Foreign Service officer, William Harrop served as United States

ambassador to Guinea (1975-1977), Kenya and the Seychelles

(1980-1983), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (then known

as Zaire, 1988-1991) and Israel (1992-1993).

Among other assignments, Ambassador Harrop was the

Inspector General of the State Department and Foreign Service

(1983-1988), principal deputy assistant secretary of State for Afri-

can affairs (1980-1983) and deputy chief of mission in Canberra

(1973-1975). He was also a member of the State Department’s

Policy Planning and Coordination Staff, and served in Italy and

Belgium as a junior officer.

Amb. Harrop chaired the association’s Governing Board

from 1972 to 1974, and has served on AFSA’s Scholarship

Committee (which he also chaired) and Awards and Plaques

Committee. He has received the Foreign Service Cup, conferred

by DACOR, as well as the State Department’s Distinguished

FOCUS

ON AFSA AWARDS AND DISSENT

A LIFETIME OF PUBLIC SERVICE:

WilliamC. Harrop

Honor Award and the Presidential Distinguished Service Award,

among numerous other honors.

Since retiring in 1993, Amb. Harrop has dedicated himself

to supporting diplomacy and its practitioners. He is a board

member of the Henry L. Stimson Center, a think-tank which

promotes innovative solutions to global security challenges. In

addition to serving as a member of the Washington Institute of

Foreign Affairs and of the Foreign Affairs Council, he is a direc-

tor of the American Academy of Diplomacy, the Senior Living

Foundation of the American Foreign Service and American

Diplomacy Publishers. He is also a member and former chair-

man of the board of Population Services International, the larg-

est health social-marketing nongovernmental organization, and

the Humane Society of Washington, D.C.

For many years, Amb. Harrop has directed a sizable portion

of the charitable activities of the Nelson B. Delavan Foundation

toward projects strengthening the Foreign Service and AFSA.

In 2010, Amb. Harrop became president and chairman of the

Foreign Affairs Museum Council, which is now the Diplomacy

Center Foundation, at the State Department. The groundbreak-

ing ceremony for the project took place in September 2014.

Amb. Harrop and his wife of 53 years, the former Ann Dela-

van, have four sons and nine grandchildren.

Foreign Service Journal

Associate Editor Maria C. Livingston

interviewed Amb. Harrop on June 10.

The recipient of AFSA’s 2015 Lifetime Contributions to American Diplomacy Award

talks about his Foreign Service career, his pioneering role in AFSA and his view

of the challenges before the Foreign Service today.

BY MAR I A C . L I V I NGSTON