POSTPONED: U.S. Diplomatic Achievements in Africa
Monday, January 28, 2013 at 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Edward B. Bunn, S.J. Intercultural Center, Center for Contemporary Arab Studies Room 241 37th and O St., N.W., Washington
U.S. Diplomatic Achievements in Africa: A conversation with Ambassador Johnnie Carson, the Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of African Affairs
An unrivaled expert on U.S. diplomacy in Africa, Ambassador Johnnie Carson will speak with students about the political, economic, and security achievements and challenges for the United States on the African continent.
Ambassador Johnnie Carson was sworn in as Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of African Affairs, on May 7, 2009. Prior to this he was the National Intelligence Officer for Africa at the NIC, after serving as the Senior Vice President of the National Defense University in Washington D.C. (2003-2006).
Carson's 37-year Foreign Service career includes ambassadorships to Kenya (1999-2003), Zimbabwe (1995-1997), and Uganda (1991-1994); and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs (1997-1999). Earlier in his career he had assignments in Portugal (1982-1986), Botswana (1986-1990), Mozambique (1975-1978), and Nigeria (1969-1971). He has also served as desk officer in the Africa section at State's Bureau of Intelligence and Research (1971-1974); Staff Officer for the Secretary of State (1978-1979), and Staff Director for the Africa Subcommittee of the US House of Representatives (1979-1982).
Before joining the Foreign Service, Ambassador Carson was a Peace Corps volunteer in Tanzania from 1965-1968. He has a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from Drake University and a Master of Arts in International Relations from the School of Oriental and Africa Studies at the University of London.
Ambassador Carson is the recipient of several Superior Honor Awards from the Department of State and a Meritorious Service Award from Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. The Centers for Disease Control presented Ambassador Carson its highest award, 'Champion of Preve
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