Divisive Politics and American Diplomacy

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During the discussions about the Foreign Policy Agenda during the 2022 Great Decisions season, a common thread of challenges was dealing with our domestic political divisiveness.  Our 2023 Great Decisions topics deal with aspects of our forthcoming foreign policy issues.  In this opening webinar Ambassador David Dunford will address the linkage between our American Political Divisiveness and the challenges faced by our diplomatic services.

Ambassador Dunford retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in June of 1995 following completion of his assignment as Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman. He served from 1988-92 in Saudi Arabia as Deputy Ambassador, including 15 months as Acting Ambassador. Dunford was an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Arizona from 1996 to 2016 where he taught courses on the Arab-Israeli Conflict, Middle East Business Environment and Globalization and Global Government. He is on the Governing Board of the University of Arizona’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies. Ambassador Dunford has written an important and timely book, From Sadat to Saddam: The Decline of American Diplomacy in the Middle East,  that shows why diplomacy still matters in an era of reduced budgets and insufficient understanding of just what diplomats do. His long career in the Foreign Service is a testament to how the State Department can successfully contribute to making the US and the world more secure with proper resources and leadership.

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