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Devising Successful U.S. Foreign Policies: Lessons from the Ukraine Crisis and the Middle East

  • 01/25/2023
  • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Capital City Club
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Devising Successful U.S. Foreign Policies: Lessons from the Ukraine Crisis and the Middle East

The elements of a nation state’s stated foreign policy goals, on its surface, may appear quite simple to the outside world; however, complex issues and challenges reviewed during the formulation period can generate intense internal debate. A greater challenge? Determining its success or failure.

Join a former American ambassador to the Middle East as he examines what foreign policy lessons may be learned from an analysis of the current Ukraine conflict and the historical Abraham Accords in the Middle East; a journey well worth taking.

Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1.30 p.m.

Venue: Capital City Club

7 John Portman Boulevard

Atlanta, GA 30303

Cancellation Policy: If you need to cancel, please do so not later than 48 hours before the event. ACIR is charged for your meal, so no refund can be provided.

About Ambassador (ret.) Lawrence R. Silverman

Lawrence R. Silverman is a retired member of the Senior Foreign Service; his last posting in a 35-year U.S. State Department career was as the U.S. Ambassador to Kuwait until October 2019. Since then, he has been advising U.S. institutions and companies regarding their interests in the Middle East.

Prior to his ambassadorship, Amb. Silverman was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, responsible for Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, and Palestinian affairs. Larry also served as then-Vice President Biden’s Special Advisor for Europe and Russia; the State Department's Director of Israel and Palestinian Affairs; Deputy Coordinator of U.S. Assistance to Europe and Eurasia; Director of the Office of Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus Affairs; Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Slovakia; and Deputy Director of the Office of Southern European Affairs, covering U.S. policy toward Turkey, Greece and Cyprus.

During the first half of his State Department career, Amb. Silverman focused on issues related to the Middle East, serving overseas in Jordan and Syria, and domestically as Special Advisor to Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs William Burns. He was also Deputy Director of Public and Press Affairs on Arab-Israeli issues. Larry began his State Department career in South Africa and Namibia; he was a member of the U.S. team that negotiated the agreement on the independence of Namibia and the withdrawal of Cuban troops from Angola. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Academy of Diplomacy, and the Savannah Council on World Affairs. Larry is pleased to be mentoring students and alumni from his graduate school, Duke University, and his high school, Boston Latin School, regarding careers in international affairs.