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Middle East Scholar to Speak at ASU

February 20, 2012

Angelo State University will present Molly Williamson, a scholar at the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C., as the featured speaker for the E. James Holland-Roy A. Harrell Jr. Foreign Affairs Speakers Program on Monday, Feb. 27, in the Houston Harte University Center, 1910 Rosemont Drive.

Williamson will make two presentations on Feb. 27 in the University Center’s C.J. Davidson Conference Center.  Both of her appearances are open free to the public. 

At 2 p.m., Williamson’s topic will be “Energy: Getting Beyond the Politics of Petroleum.” During an 8 p.m. presentation, she will address “Unrest in the Middle East: Impact on Energy and the Global Economy.” 

While on the ASU campus, Williamson will also speak to students in business, political science, communication and history classes, visit the Center for Security Studies and attend several luncheon and dinner programs. 

A former senior foreign policy advisor to the U.S. secretary of energy from 2005-08, Williamson consults on Middle East issues and lectures at Johns Hopkins University, and is a scholar with the Middle East Institute.  She is also a member of Georgetown University’s MSFS oral boards, and a board member of the American Foreign Service Association, the International Executive Service Corps and the American Academy of Diplomacy. 

Williamson retired from the Foreign Service with the rank of career minister after serving six U.S. presidents.  Among her postings was U.S. interim ambassador in Bahrain, and she was assigned to special projects on the Israel-Palestine issue, Iraq and the United Nations.  The California native was been awarded two Presidential Service Awards, the Secretary of Energy’s Exceptional Service Award, Department of Commerce Performance Award, the Secretary of Defense’s Service Award and 14 awards from the Department of State. 

The ASU College of Arts and Sciences and the Center for Security Studies are co-sponsors for the program. 

For more information, call Dr. Roberto Garza in the ASU Political Science and Philosophy Department at 325-942-2006, ext. 276, or send an e-mail to


Dr. Roberto Garza
325-942-2006, ext. 276