Former U.S. Ambassador, Foreign Policy Expert to Speak Feb. 9
February 01, 2021
MOSCOW, Idaho — Feb. 1, 2021 — Former United States Ambassador Robert P. Jackson, an expert on Africa and foreign affairs, will deliver a free, public address titled “U.S. Diplomacy in Africa” at 5:30 p.m. Pacific time Tuesday, Feb. 9.
The talk will be via Zoom at uidaho.zoom.us/s/88937970693.
Jackson is one of the United States’ most experienced diplomats and holds the rank of minister counselor.
The Feb. 9 address is part of a week-long visit from Jackson. He will be visiting the University of Idaho virtually Feb. 8-12 as this year’s Distinguished Practitioner of International Affairs through the Martin Institute within the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences. During the week, Jackson will teach a short course on American diplomacy in Africa 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 2021 Distinguished Practitioner of International Affairs,” said Ro Afatchao, associate director of the Martin Institute. “We are hoping for a candid and informative discussion about current U.S. foreign policy issues based on Ambassador Jackson’s extensive experience.”
Jackson has represented the United States abroad as ambassador to Ghana and Cameroon. Prior to that, he was deputy chief of mission and chargé d'affaires, a.i., at the U.S. Embassies in Morocco and Senegal. Jackson has also served as director of the Office for the Promotion of Human Rights and Democracy; coordinator of the Entry-Level Officer Training Program; and country officer for Botswana, Nigeria and Zimbabwe. His other overseas postings include Burundi, Canada, Ivory Coast and Portugal.
Held annually through the Martin Institute, the Visiting Distinguished Practitioners of International Affairs events provide a forum for experts to share their insights, and a unique opportunity for the public to engage in meaningful, face-to-face dialogue with them. Previous guests through the program include former U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker, international trade expert Daryl Brehm and Danish Ambassador Rolf M.H.P. Holmboe.
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