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Citadel News Service
1 Mar 2006

Ambassador to give Greater Issues address

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The Citadel and the Charleston Foreign Affairs Forum will host a Greater Issues address featuring Ambassador Tom Pickering. The presentation, entitled “The Middle East: Challenges to U.S. Diplomacy,” will take place at 11 a.m., Tuesday, March 7, in McAlister Field House. It is free and open to the public.

Pickering is currently senior vice president for international relations for The Boeing Company where he oversees international affairs, including those with foreign governments. The U.S. under secretary of state for political affairs from 1997 to 2001, his diplomatic career spanned an impressive five decades. As a career ambassador—the highest rank in the U.S. Foreign Service—he served as ambassador to the Russian Federation, India, Israel, El Salvador, Nigeria and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. He also served on assignments in Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. From 1989 to 1992, he served as ambassador and representative to the United Nations in New York. He also served as executive secretary of the Department of State and special assistant to Secretaries William P. Rogers and Henry A. Kissinger from 1973 to 1974.

The Greater Issues Series was founded in 1954 to engage cadets’ interest and knowledge in important topics of the day. Since it was established, the series has brought presidents, heads of state, scholars, diplomats, journalists and distinguished business and military leaders to Charleston and The Citadel. The Greater Issues series is made possible by a grant from The Mills B. Lane Memorial Foundation.

Important note to members of the media: Ambassador Pickering will be available to speak with members of the press for a few minutes after the speech. If you are interested in speaking with him, please RSVP to Jennifer Wallace (843.953.7842 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) by the close of business Monday, March 6.

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