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January 25, 2018

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Ambassador John Craig
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The Sunni-Shia Divide


Our speaker is Ambassador John B. Craig who is Ambassador in Residence at the Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking at Elizabethtown College. Ambassador Craig is a former member of the United States Foreign Service. He was appointed by President Clinton as the American Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman in May 1998, and he was confirmed by the United States Senate for the position in July, 1998.  Ambassador Craig was in Oman at the end of his tenure on September 11, 2001.  His second presidential appointment took place immediately and in October, 2001 he was sworn in as Special Assistant to the President for Combatting Terrorism. As a member of the senior staff of the National Security Council, he was responsible for coordinating the counterterrorism work of the 16 U.S. intelligence agencies.

Ambassador Craig left the government in September 2002 to take a position in the private sector. In May 2003 he was appointed as the Middle East regional Vice President of the Boeing Company, headquartered in the United Arab Emirates.

In 2008, Ambassador Craig left the Boeing Company to establish his own private equity company with Arab and American partners in Abu Dhabi.  The purpose of the new venture is to bring high technology into the Middle East region and pair that technology with local investment to further develop the economies of the region.  He is still engaged in the endeavor.

Recently, Ambassador Craig has been working with international clients to help the reconstruction and development of minority communities in the Nineva Plain and Mosul in Iraq. His efforts to bring about necessary policy changes were successful. Vice President Pence announced those policy changes on October 25, 2017.

During his work in the Foreign Service, he served in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Egypt, Syria(DCM), Colombia (DCM), and Haiti, as well as in assignments in Washington in the Near East Bureau.

Ambassador Craig received a BS in Foreign Service from the School of International Service at the American University in Washington D.C. He received  a masters degree in international relations from the National War College.

Ambassador Craig’s spouse and foreign service partner died suddenly in August 2016. He has a son who, with his family, lives and works in Minnesota.


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Programs for 2017 -2018


Month / Date

Topic

Speaker

FPA Coordinator

Sep 28

 

Western Europe in a Time of Upheaval

Heather Conley

Howard Davison

Oct  26

IF RECEPTION

 

Ann Glasscock

Nov 30

East-West Relations in the 21st Century

Ambassador

Alexander

Vershbow

Michele Sellitto Alan Stolberg

Dec  13

Addressing Foreign Policy Through the Private Sector-

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)

Lynn

Tabernacki

Michele Sellitto

Jan 25

The Sunni / Shia Divide

Ambassador

John Craig

Chris Dolan

Feb 22

India Pakistan Relations

Dr. Larry Goodson (Note 2) and TBD (Note3)

Stuart Snyder

Mar 15

U.S. - Iranian Relations

Meeting room changed to KEYSTONE - upper building.

Dr. Trita Parsi

Howard Davison

Apr 26

Current Foreign Policy Challenges and Opportunities

Alan Stolberg

Howard Davison

 

May 17

The Koreas

TBD

Dan Sim

(2) Not confirmed yet.

(3) Larry Goodson will pick the speaker for India. This will be a point-counterpoint session

 




Last Years Programs

Date Topic Moderator
Sept 22 US Foreign Policy in an Election Year Dan Sim
Oct 27 American Intelligence Community Since 9/11 -
General Michael Hayden
Sellitto & Stolberg
Nov 17 IF Reception Sellitto & Davison
Dec 15 Geopolitics of Climate Change  Fay Geegee
Jan 26 Update on Arab - Israel Conflict Alan Stolberg
Feb 23 Cuba Today & After the Castro Brothers Stuart Snyder
Mar 23 Russia and the West Howard Davison
Apr 27 South China Sea Geopolitics Clem Gilpin
May 18 Future of US - Iranian Relations Howard Davison

RED = changed date
 


Past Programs 

Sep 24

Terrorism and the West and the ISIS Threat

Alan

Stolberg

Oct 22

39th Annual International Fellows Reception

US Army War College

Michele Sellitto

Howard Davison

Nov 23

U.S. Foreign Policy in the 21st Century

Former Deputy Secretary of State Ambassador William J. Burns

Michele

Sellitto

Dec 10

Middle East History and Solutions

Stuart

Snyder

Jan 28

Europe’s Perception of U.S. Foreign Policy

Wayne

Failor

Feb 18

Turkey as a Pivotal State Between East and West

Howard

Davison

Mar 24

Latin America and Its Emergence on the World Stage

Howard

Davison

Apr 28

Africa and the World

Clem

Gilpin

May 19

North Korea: A Challenge to the World

Fay

Geegee

February  meeting date changed to 18th



Programs for 2014 -2015
Changed: OCT 23 & Apr 23

MONTH

                   TOPIC                    

MODERATOR

SEP 25

             Russia, Ukraine & the World            

 Stolberg

OCT 23

The Media & Its Impact on Froeign Policy

Geegee

NOV 13

U.S. Army War College Reception

Michele/Fay

DEC 11

The United States, ISIS, and the War
 for the Soul of Islam

Davison

JAN 22

Congress & the Making of U.S. Foreign Policy

Gilpin

FEB 26

U.S. Civil Military Relations

Stolberg

MAR 26

Demographic Trends Affecting U.S. Foregin Policy

Snyder

APR 23

*US Foreign Policy Priorities and 21st Century Diplomacy

Sellitto

MAY 7

German Embassy Trip

May 28

China & the World

Reinaker

* Talk subject changed

 

5:30-6:30 pm Reception
Dinner 6:30 - 7:30
Program 7:30 - 9:00

 


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