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2013.04.12 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Communications
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

Former U.S. Ambassadors to Middle East to Visit UNO April 15

Omaha - In keeping with our commitment to community engagement and international education, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is bringing four former U.S. ambassadors, all with years of experience in the Middle East, to speak to students about the Arab Spring and careers in international relations on Monday, April 15.

The ambassadors visiting campus include Ronald E. Neumann, former U.S. ambassador to Algeria, Bahrain and Afghanistan; Edward S. Walker, Jr., former ambassador to Israel, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates; Janet A. Sanderson, former ambassador to Algeria and Haiti; and James F. Collins, former ambassador to Russia.

The Arab Spring upended the politics in countries throughout the Middle East and North Africa. The former ambassadors will reflect on these events and answer questions from students about the region’s future and U.S. relations with those nations.

“These uprisings created a new political landscape in the Middle East, with profound implications for the United States,” said Thomas Gouttierre, dean of International Studies and Programs at UNO. “These four ambassadors had front-row seats and met many of the key players; their insights will help students become informed, engaged global citizens.”

Additional information on the former ambassadors who are visiting UNO includes:

Ronald E. Neumann
• Served in Iraq with Coalition Provisional Authority

Edward S. Walker, Jr.
• Former Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs
• Former U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations

Janet A. Sanderson
• Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs
• Posts in Egypt, Kuwait, Israel, Bangladesh, and Jordan

James F. Collins
• Posts in Jordan and Turkey

About 100 students from area high schools and colleges will eat lunch with the ambassadors at the Scott Conference Center on UNO’s Pacific Street Campus. Later in the afternoon, the former ambassadors will visit different classrooms to meet with students who are studying international relations; the Middle East; as well as national and international security issues.

The former ambassadors’ trip to Omaha is made possible by Burlington Capital Group. The American Academy of Diplomacy also helped arrange the ambassadors’ visit.

For more information, contact Shane Pekny, manager of marketing and community engagement for UNO’s International Studies and Programs, at 402.554.2376, or by email at spekny@unomaha.edu.

For media requests, contact Charley Reed, UNO media relations coordinator, at 402.554.2129, or by email at cdreed@unomaha.edu.

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