A WAC Event | US Foreign Policy in the Middle East for the Next Administration

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 (6:30 PM – 8:30 PM)
Great Hall, Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall (map)


Join the Tower Center and World Affairs Council of Dallas for a special event with Ambassador Thomas Pickering.

Reception: 6:30 p.m.

Lecture and Discussion: 7 p.m.


Ambassador Thomas Pickering served more than four decades as a U.S. diplomat and holds the personal rank of Career Ambassador. He last served as under secretary of state for political affairs, the third highest post in the U.S. State Department.

One of Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering’s most insightful comments will make you smile: “In archaeology you uncover the unknown. In diplomacy you cover the known.”

The ambassador knows diplomacy in many languages. His U.S. Department of State biography notes that he “speaks French, Spanish and Swahili fluently and also Arabic, Hebrew and Russian.”

As his impressive State biography notes, Ambassador Pickering’s career includes service as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (1997-2000) and as U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation, India, Israel, El Salvador, Nigeria and Jordan.

He also served as the U.S. Ambassador and Representative to the United Nations in New York (1989-1992). There he led U.S. efforts to create a U.N. Security Council coalition during and after the first Gulf War.

Other State Department positions took him to Tanzania, Geneva and Washington where his responsibilities included serving as Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Oceans, Environmental and Scientific Affairs and as Special Assistant to Secretaries of State William P. Rogers and Henry A. Kissinger.

He retired from the State Department in 2000 and joined The Boeing Company as Senior Vice President, International Relations and member of the Executive Council and is a member of the board for a number of not-for-profit organizations. He holds degrees from Bowdoin College, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and the University of Melbourne.

The State Department’s Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship is described as “named in honor of one of the most distinguished and capable American diplomats of the latter half of the 20th century.”


This event is free and open to the public.

Register through the WAC here or RSVP to tower@smu.edu.

If you are interested in joining the Tower Center Forum, please contact Bora Laci at blaci@smu.edu.


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