Topic: Where Does the Middle East Fit in the Enduring Foreign Policy Interests of the U.S.?
Speaker: Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering
Cost:$15 CIR Members; $20 Non-members & Guests
Location: The Forum – Santa Fe University of Art & Design, 1600 St. Michael’s Drive
We are honored to have Ambassador Pickering return to SFCIR to open this series. His extensive diplomatic and business experience make him uniquely qualified to speak to our national interests and where the Middle East and Central Asia fit in that array of interests.
Thomas Pickering holds the personal rank of Career Ambassador, the highest in the U.S. Foreign Service. In a diplomatic career that spanned five decades, he was U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, the Russian Federation, India, Israel, El Salvador, Nigeria, and Jordan. He served as well in Zanzibar and Tanzania. In the U.S. he served as Executive Secretary of the Department of State and Special Assistant to Secretaries William P. Rogers and Henry A. Kissinger
Prior to his diplomatic service he served in the U.S. Navy and Naval Reserve rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Among his military assignments he served with the Bureau of Intelligence and Research of the Department of State and at the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency in the U.S. and Geneva.
Ambassador Pickering holds degrees from Bowdoin College, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and the University of Melbourne. He has been awarded honorary degrees by numerous universities. In his diplomatic career he has won the Distinguished Presidential Award twice and the Department of State’s highest award, the Distinguished Service Medal.
Following his diplomatic career, Ambassador Pickering joined The Boeing Company from 2006-2011; he is now Vice Chairman of Hills and Company.