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25th Anniversary Celebration of the American Diplomacy Journal: “How Does U.S. Diplomacy Benefit Americans?”

October 14, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join the American Diplomacy Journal to celebrate its 25th anniversary on Thursday, Oct. 14 from 6:30 pm-8 pm via Zoom. The program, “How Does U.S. Diplomacy Benefit Americans,” will feature a discussion on what diplomacy means to an American public. Diplomats in Washington and the field will share insight about their work for the American people.

Ambassador W. Robert Pearson (Ret.) will lead the discussion with panelists to highlight the many ways diplomats work to achieve the aims of security and prosperity for all Americans. Senator Chris Van Hollen and Ambassador (Ret.) Barbara Stephenson will make introductory remarks.

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Speaker Biographies

Senator Chris Van Hollen

Elected to the United States Senate by the people of Maryland in November 2016, Chris Van Hollen is committed to fighting every day to ensure that our state and our country live up to their full promise of equal rights, equal justice, and equal opportunity.


Ambassador Barbara Stephenson

Barbara J. Stephenson, vice provost for global affairs and chief global officer, joined the University of North Carolina in 2019. She advances Carolina’s global reach, impact and reputation. Previously, she was president of the American Foreign Service Association. During her distinguished 34-year career in the Foreign Service, she was U.S. ambassador to Panama, the first woman chargé d’affaires and deputy ambassador at the U.S. Embassy in London, and dean of the Leadership and Management School at the Foreign Service Institute.


Ambassador W. Robert Pearson

Ambassador W. Robert Pearson, President of American Diplomacy Publishers, is a retired professional Foreign Service Officer who was Director General of the U.S. Foreign Service from 2003 to 2006, repositioning the American Foreign Service to meet the new challenges of the 21st century and winning two national awards for his efforts. He was U.S. ambassador to Turkey from 2000 to 2003. Ambassador Pearson served as Executive Secretary of the State Department and on the National Security Council in addition to assignments in China and NATO and other overseas posts.


Ambassador Piper Campbell served as the Head of the U.S. Mission to the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Ambassador to Mongolia during a distinguished 30-year diplomatic career.  Her areas of expertise include East Asia and navigating multilateral organizations. She also has taught national security strategy at the graduate level, at the National Defense University’s National War College.


Ambassador Lino Gutiérrez assumed the position of Executive Director in December 2010. His 29-year career in the Department of State included service as Ambassador to Argentina and Nicaragua, Acting Assistant Secretary of State in Western Hemisphere Affairs, and International Affairs Advisor at the National War College. He also served in the Dominican Republic, Portugal, Haiti, France and the Bahamas. After retiring from the Foreign Service in 2006, he served as Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Commerce, adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University and George Washington University, and Course Chair at the Foreign Service Institute. He is also on the Board of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University and serves on the Foreign Service Grievance Board.  His awards include the Department of State’s Distinguished Honor Award and the U.S. Army Award for Civilian Excellence.


Ambassador Charles Ray served 30 years in the Foreign Service 1982-2012), after a 20-year career in the U.S. Army. He was the first American consul general in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and subsequently ambassador to Cambodia and Zimbabwe. In addition, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for POW/Missing Personnel Affairs from 2006 to 2009.


Professor Mary Thompson-Jones is a retired foreign service officer and author of To the Secretary: Leaked Embassy Cables and America’s Foreign Policy Disconnect. She is a professor at the U.S. Naval War College. The views in this essay are not necessarily those of the U.S. government. Her diplomatic experience spans a 23-year career as a foreign service officer in leadership roles in the Czech Republic, Canada, Guatemala, Spain, and Washington, D.C.

Visit the American Diplomacy Journal’s website for more information.

This event is sponsored by the American Diplomacy Journal. The American Diplomacy Journal is an online quarterly founded in 1996 and published by American Diplomacy Publishers, Inc. in cooperation with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill College of Arts & Sciences’ Curriculum in Peace, War, and Defense, and with the Triangle Institute of Security Studies consortium.


October 14, 2021
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm