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Retired U.S. Ambassador to Speak at ASU

February 24, 2011

Retired U.S. Ambassador Laurence Pope will be the featured speaker during the two-day E. James Holland-Roy A. Harrell Jr. Foreign Affairs Speakers Program Monday and Tuesday, March 7-8, at Angelo State University.

Pope will present “The Arab Awakening and American Foreign Policy” on March 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the C.J. Davidson Conference center in the Houston Harte University Center, 1910 Rosemont Drive. The program is open free to the public. In addition to Monday night’s public lecture, Pope will also speak to ASU classes both Monday and Tuesday.

The U.S. Ambassador to Chad from 1993-96, Pope spent 31 years in the U.S. Foreign Service before retiring with the rank of minister counselor. The respected Arabist is a senior fellow at the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Va., and serves as a consultant on foreign affairs.

In addition to his stint in Chad, Pope held a number of senior positions in the U.S. State Department. He was office director for Iran and Iraq from 1987-90, and served as associate coordinator and acting coordinator for counter-terrorism from 1991-93. He also served as political advisor to U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Anthony Charles Zinni, commander-in-chief of U.S. Central Command, from 1997-2000.

A graduate of Bowdoin College, Pope also attended Princeton University for Near Eastern Studies. He speaks Arabic and French and is a recipient of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Distinguished Civilian Service.

The retired diplomat’s recently published works include Among Heroes: A Rifle Company on Peleliu, 2011, U.S. Marine Corps History Division; Francois de Callieres, A Political Life, Republic of Letters Press, 2010; Vincenzo Coronelli et les homes du Roi Soleil, Bibliotheque Nationale de France, 2008; Separate Powers, Congress and the Iraq Liberation Act in “Terrorism and Peacekeeping, New Security Challenges,” ed. By Volker C. Franke, Praeger, 2005; and Letters of Francois de Callieres to the Marquise d’Huxelles, 1694-1700, Erwin Mellen Press, 2004.

The ASU College of Liberal and Fine Arts and the Center for Security Studies are co-sponsors of the program. For more information, call Dr. Roberto Garza in the ASU Political Science and Criminal Justice Department at 942-2006, ext. 276.