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World Affairs Council WNC presents Ambassador James Larocco

2 Oct 2012

"The Arab Spring: Is it Summer (or Winter) Yet,
And Why Does it Matter?"

Larocco is Director of the Near East South Asia Center For Strategic Studies (NESA)
Washington, DC

Ambassador Larocco joined the NESA Center as a distinguished professor in August 2009, after serving more than 35 years as a diplomat, and was appointed its director in 2010. During the past 15 years, he held key leadership assignments related to the Near East region, including Director General of the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO), 2004-2009; Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Near East, 2001-2004; U.S. Ambassador to the State of Kuwait, 1997-2001 and Deputy Chief of Mission and Charge D’Affaires in Tel Aviv, 1993-1996. His earlier postings included assignments as Deputy Director of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh Affairs at the State Department in Washington and key positions in American embassies in Egypt, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. He left the Foreign Service with the personal rank of Career Minister, which equates in U.S. military terms to Lieutenant General. During his career, Ambassador Larocco received numerous awards, including the Distinguished Service Award that was personally presented to him by then Secretary of State Colin Powell.

Manheimer Room -- Reuter Center -- UNCA. 7:30 PM

This program is free to subscribing members of the World Affairs Council of Western North Carolina, joint WACWNC-OLLI members, and full time UNCA students. Admission is $8.00 for all others.

For further information call George Peery at (828) 242-6380 or email: gpeery@mhc.edu