The U.S. State Department and American Foreign Policy: What’s Going On?
Ambassador Ronald Schlicher, US Foreign Service (Retired)
Ambassador Charles Bowers, U.S. Foreign Service (Retired)
Chairman of the Board, Tennessee World Affairs Council
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
at Belmont University
Massey Center, MC 100
5:30 PM – Registration / Networking
6:00 PM – Program
What’s going on at Foggy Bottom?
- The recent surprise firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson?
- A 14-month shakeup of the State Department — personnel, structure, budgets?
- A significant shortfall in filling Ambassadorships worldwide?
- Nomination of CIA Director Mike Pompeo to take become America’s top diplomat?
- Navigation of current and impending crises: summit talks between President Trump and the North Korean leader; probably U.S. pullout of the Iran nuclear deal; sanctions, explosions and strange relations with Russia?
Join Ambassadors Schlicher and Bowers for a discussion of the state of American diplomacy and the challenges to U.S. foreign policy.
About Ambassador Ronald Schlicher
Ambassador Ronald Schlicher, USFS (Ret) – Served as Principal Deputy Assistant Coordinator of Counterterrorism and served as U.S. Ambassador to Cyprus (2005-2008). Ambassador Schlicher served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (NEA), where he served as Coordinator for Iraq. During the 2003 war with Iraq, Ambassador Schlicher was Director of the Iraq Task Force. He then served for six months in Iraq with the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA), first as Regional Coordinator for the North and then as Director of the Office of Provincial Outreach.
About Ambassador Charles R. Bowers, USFS(Ret)
Charles Richard (Dick) Bowers served as the United States Ambassador to Bolivia from 1991 through 1994. During that time, the American Embassy in Bolivia’s capital, La Paz, was the largest and most complex U.S. embassy in South America.
Ambassador Bowers was born in Missouri, grew in the San Francisco Bay area, and studied political science, economics and international relations at the University of California, Berkeley. He earned his BA, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, in 1966 and his MA degree in 1967. He then immediately entered the U. S. Foreign Service. From 1961 to 1964 he was on active duty with the U.S. Army and served as a Russian linguist in West Berlin at the height of the Cold War.
As a career member of the U.S. diplomatic corps, Ambassador Bowers served in the American Embassies in Panama, Poland, Singapore, Germany and Bolivia. During tours of duty at State Department headquarters in Washington D.C., he traveled to over 75 counties on negotiating, fact-finding and trouble-shooting missions. He retired from the Foreign Service in 1995.
Ambassador Bowers is a member of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee World Affairs Council.
Chairman, Board of Directors TNWAC
Senior Advisor, Carlex Glass America, LLC
Jim Shepherd was named to Chairman, Tennessee World Affairs Council on June 26, 2017. He is the first chairman to be appointed to the newly created post.
Jim Shepherd is Senior Advisor, Carlex Glass where he served as President from July 2012 to April 2017. Carlex is a leading supplier of automative glass to the global OEM and replacement glass markets.
- Executive Vice President – Central Glass America – 2010-Jul 2012
- Vice President & General Manager – Pittsburgh Glass Works, ULC – 2008-2009
- General Manager – PPG Industries – 2002-2008
- Director, Flat Glass Automotive Products – PPG Industries – 1995-2002
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