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Ambassador Ronald E. Neumann ─ The Crisis in Afghanistan: In Conversation with the Former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

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Join Watson Visiting Scholar J. Brian Atwood for a conversation with Ronald E. Neumann, President of the American Academy of Diplomacy and former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, about the ongoing crisis in Afghanistan. 

Read a recent article by Ambassador Neumann in the Foreign Service Journal here.

And read his recent opinion piece in the Washington Post here.

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Formerly a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Ronald E. Neumann served three times as Ambassador; to Algeria, Bahrain and finally to Afghanistan from July 2005 to April 2007. Before Afghanistan, Mr. Neumann, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, served in Baghdad from February 2004 with the Coalition Provisional Authority and then as Embassy Baghdad’s liaison with the Multinational Command, where he was deeply involved in coordinating the political part of military actions.

Prior to working in Iraq, he was Ambassador in Manama, Bahrain (2001-2004), Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Near East Affairs (1997-2000) with responsibility for North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, and Ambassador to Algeria (1994 to 1997). He was Director of the Office of Northern Gulf Affairs (Iran and Iraq; 1991 to 1994). Earlier in his career, he was Deputy Chief of Mission in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and in Sanaa in Yemen, Principal Officer in Tabriz, Iran and Economic/Commercial Officer in Dakar, Senegal. His previous Washington assignments include service as Jordan Desk officer, Staff Assistant in the Middle East (NEA) Bureau, and Political Officer in the Office of Southern European Affairs.