America’s Diplomats: A Conversation with Ambassador Susan Ziadeh

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America’s Diplomats: A Conversation with Ambassador Susan Ziadeh
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America’s Diplomats: A Conversation with Ambassador Susan Ziadeh

Through our membership in the World Affairs Councils of America, and in collaboration with the American Academy of Diplomacy, we are delighted to welcome Ambassador Susan Ziadeh to Santa Fe on May the 4th. Her talk will be a very different one, however. We’ll begin with a screening of the one-hour documentary America’s Diplomats, following which she will engage in conversation (with our very own Ambassador Mark Asquino) about being a diplomat and about being an active participant in U.S. foreign policy. On that day, she will also join a small group of business leaders, and several classes of high school students. We are very excited to welcome Amb. Ziadeh; her visit marks the beginning of our Spotlight on Women Leaders.

Where: Santa Fe Center for Spiritual Living, 505 Camino de Los Marquez

When: Thursday, May 4, 6:00 p

Tickets: $15 for CIR members; $20 for non-members. Students and faculty may attend for free.

Ambassador Susan L. Ziadeh has enjoyed a 23 year career with the U.S. Department of State where she most recently served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Arabian Peninsula Affairs in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (2014-2016).  From May- October 2016, Ambassador Ziadeh served as NEA Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary.  She is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, and served as the U.S. Ambassador to the State of Qatar from 2011-2014.

She served previously as the Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. Embassy Riyadh, as the Official Spokesperson at U.S. Embassy Baghdad, and as the Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. Embassy Bahrain. Her other overseas postings include Riyadh, Kuwait, Amman, and Jerusalem. In Washington, she was responsible for the Jordan desk, and served as Acting Deputy Director of the Office for Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon.

Susan L. Ziadeh earned a PhD in History from the University of Michigan, an M.A. from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, and a B.A. from the University of Washington. She is a 2004 distinguished graduate of the National War College, National Defense University with an M.S. in National Security Strategy.

A recipient of the Department’s Superior Honor Award numerous times, she was awarded the Department of State’s 2007 Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Public Diplomacy.   Ambassador Ziadeh was also awarded the Department of State’s 2014 Arnold L. Raphel Memorial Award for Leadership.  In 2015, the Secretary of Defense awarded her the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service.  The Emir of the State of Qatar conferred on Ambassador Ziadeh the Emiri Sash of Merit in 2014 in recognition of her success as Ambassador in strengthening bilateral relations.

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The American Academy of Diplomacy is a private, non-profit, non-partisan, elected organization whose active membership is limited to men and women who have held positions of high responsibility in crafting and implementing American foreign policy. They have served the United States as chiefs of mission in major embassies abroad, and/or equivalent high-level foreign policy positions in Washington. Founded in 1983, the Academy focuses the expertise of its members on the pursuit of excellence in the practice of American diplomacy.