The Influence of International Exchange Programs on Diplomacy

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Date(s) - 01/12/21
2:00 pm


The Influence of International Exchange Programs on Diplomacy
a talk by Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering

Introducing Ambassador Pickering will be Richard T. Arndt, 1949 Fulbright Scholar to France and founding member of the Fulbright Association.

Manfred Philipp will host the event and introduce Dr. Arndt.

This event is cosponsored by the Connecticut and National Capital Area Chapters of the Fulbright Association, by the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, by the Belle Zeller Scholarship Fund, the CUNY Academy for the Humanities and Sciences, and by the US Alumni Association of the German Academic Exchange Service.

The event will take place via Zoom on Tuesday, January 12 at 11 AM Pacific, 2 PM Eastern, & 20:00 CET.

You will be sent Zoom credentials after you register. Please register at
Please also see the video of the previous talk in this series, with Carol Kahn Strauss, former Executive Director of the Leo Baeck Institute,
introduced by German Consul-General David Gill, on the Erosion of the Rule of Law in Nazi Germany, at

Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering served as the US Representative to the United Nations in New York under President George H.W. Bush. He led the U.S. effort to build a global coalition in the UN Security Council during and after the first Gulf War and was Under Secretary
of State for Political Affairs under President Bill Clinton. In a diplomatic career spanning five decades, Ambassador Pickering represented the US to the Russian Federation, India, Israel, El
Salvador, Nigeria, and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. He also served in Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He was Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Oceans,
Environmental and Scientific Affairs, Executive Secretary of the Department of State, and Special Assistant to Secretaries of State William P. Rogers and Henry A. Kissinger.
His Fulbright Scholarship was to the University of Melbourne in Australia. The State Department has named its Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program in his honor. Pickering believes that these programs are a hidden asset to US diplomacy and
diplomatic leadership. Ambassador Pickering’s appointment as Career Ambassador is the
highest in the U.S. Foreign Service and his Distinguished Service Award is the State Department’s highest award.



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6 Responses

  1. Holley

    Hello. I’m interested in attending this event, but the survey monkey link isn’t working. Is there anywhere else where I can sign up to attend? Thank you.

  2. Sorry to have missed this. Just saw the announcement. Is it available somewhere? Thanks. Ann Lewis

  3. Samantha Skory

    Hello, I was unable to attend but am still very interested in this program. Will a recording be available somewhere?

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