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Former American Ambassador, Middle East Expert Speaks at U of I Feb. 7

January 23, 2018

Former United States Ambassador Maura Connelly, an expert on the Middle East and foreign affairs, will give a free, public address titled “American Diplomacy in the Middle East” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7 in the University of Idaho Administration Building Auditorium. 

Connelly is a career diplomat with over 30 years of service and posts on four continents. Most recently, she served as the senior advisor for United Nations management and reform with the U.S. Mission to the UN in New York. From 2010 to 2013, Connelly served as the U.S. ambassador in Lebanon, and in 2014, she directed the interagency working group supporting the Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL. 

This address is part of a weeklong visit from the former ambassador, who will be at the U of I from Feb. 5-9, 2018, as this year’s Distinguished Practitioner of International Affairs throughthe Martin Institute within U of I’s College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences. While on campus, Connelly will teach a short course on American diplomacy in the Middle East and visit with students, including those from the Model UN program and international politics courses.  

“We are thrilled to have such an accomplished diplomat as the 2018 Distinguished Practitioner of International Affairs,” said Ro Afatchao, associate director of the Martin Institute. “We are hoping for a candid and informative discussion about the Middle East peace process and America’s role in the region based on Ambassador Connelly’s extensive experience.”

Held annually, the Visiting Distinguished Practitioners of International Affairs events provide a forum for experts to share their insights with students and a unique opportunity for the public to engage in meaningful, face-to-face dialogue. Previous guests through the program include international trade expert Daryl Brehm, former U.S. Ambassador James Moriarty and Danish Ambassador Rolf M.H.P. Holmboe.

Media Contact:
Erin Kimball Damman
Martin Institute

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