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6881
New York

Foreign Policy in Chautauqua With the American Foreign Service

Alongside ambassadors and foreign service officers, explore the complex issues of U.S. diplomacy, enjoying lectures and gaining insider knowledge.
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Program No. 6881RJ
Length
6 days
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1,189
New York

Foreign Policy in Chautauqua With the American Foreign Service

Alongside ambassadors and foreign service officers, explore the complex issues of U.S. diplomacy, enjoying lectures and gaining insider knowledge.
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,189
Program No. 6881 RJ
Prefer to enroll or inquire by phone? 800-454-5768
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No shuttle
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Excludes round-trip airport shuttle transfers to and from the program location.
Roundtrip airport transfer
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Jun 6 - Jun 11, 2021
No transfer 1,189
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,279
Sep 26 - Oct 1, 2021
No transfer 1,189
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,279

DATES & PRICES

No shuttle
Details
Accommodation Details
Excludes round-trip airport shuttle transfers to and from the program location.
Roundtrip airport transfer
Details
Accommodation Details
Includes round-trip airport shuttle transfers to and from the program location.
Jun 6 - Jun 11, 2021
No transfer 1,289
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,379
Sep 26 - Oct 1, 2021
No transfer 1,289
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,379

At a Glance

Examine the challenges facing U.S. diplomacy and the functions of embassies and consulates during this fascinating program designed in collaboration with the American Foreign Service Association. Investigate case studies and take part in expert-led discussions with retired diplomats. Spend the week with ambassadors and foreign service officers and their spouses in a wonderfully informal and friendly, yet very educational atmosphere. And take part in fascinating lectures, followed by Q & A sessions, as speakers share their wealth of expertise and experience on the world of foreign policy.
Activity Level
Easy Going
Minimal walking through hotel and to meals. Handicap accessible shuttles to classes and entertainment.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Gain insight from Foreign Service experts on key issues, including peace in the Middle East and security in Europe.
  • Examine global-stability obstacles posed by developing nations' population growth, poverty and nuclear proliferation.
  • Ambassadors and veteran Foreign Service officers discuss America’s professional diplomats and how they assist U.S. citizens and protect U.S. interests in the world.

General Notes

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available. Airport transfer available at added cost.
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Lange Schermerhorn
Lange Schermerhorn’s 35-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service has included a variety of assignments in the Department of State and as ambassador to the Republic of Djibouti. Since retiring in 2001, she has continued her interest in Africa and the affairs of the Horn, with consulting assignments in Egypt, Somaliland, and Djibouti. She participated in election observation missions in Nigeria, Somaliland and Kenya, and served as the political advisor to the commanding general of the U.S. Central Command’s Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. Lange is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and the National War College at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Betty Lyons View biography
Betty Lyons lives part of the year at Chautauqua and the remainder of the year in Souderton, Pennsylvania. A retired medical technician supervisor, Betty loves gardening and sits on the board of the Chautauqua Bird Tree & Garden Club. She has been a favorite Group Leader at Chautauqua for many years.
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Tom DeAngelo View biography
While traveling from Montgomery County, Pa. to the mid-Hudson Valley of N.Y., Tom saw an intriguing road sign on route I-86. His curiosity on that February day led to a multi-year relationship with Chautauqua Institution. Tom served in a variety of roles during his many years working in the Marlboro Central School District, including as an elementary principal . Tom enjoys southwestern Louisiana music, particularly while sipping a gin cocktail. Ask him about his personal connection with Greenhook Ginsmiths, a Brooklyn distillery
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Sylvia Faust View biography
For five generations, Sylvia Faust’s family has been escaping to the shores of Lake Chautauqua for summer vacations. Sylvia is now a permanent Chautauqua resident and has served on the Chautauqua Board of Trustees. She is a habitat worker both here and abroad and has taught as a special education teacher. Sylvia is a snowbird and spends her winters in Florida where she has worked as a tax preparer for 30 years. She is the proud mother of two children and grandmother to five grandchildren.
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James A. Pierce View biography
For more than 30 years, James Pierce worked in the U.S. Foreign Service, specializing in political, economic and military affairs. His assignments led him to Korea, Japan and New Zealand in the capacity of counselor for political and economic affairs. James also served as the foreign policy advisor to the U.S. Air Force and USAF Chief of Staff at the Pentagon, and was the senior advisor to the ambassador at large for negotiations with North Korea. He served in the U.S. Army in Korea, and has a degree from the American University in East Asian studies. James is fluent in Korean and Japanese.
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Richard McKee View biography
Richard McKee has held many roles in the Foreign Service, most recently as executive director of the DACOR Bacon House Foundation in Washington, D.C. He served as a terrorism analyst for the Department of State, a political counselor in Turkey, and director of the Office of Arabian Peninsula Affairs. Richard was the U.S. Consul General in Pakistan during the Gulf War, as well as the political counselor in Geneva and Saudi Arabia. He has held numerous foreign service postings in Bolivia, Colombia, India and Pakistan, and has degrees from Cornell University and the University of Illinois. Richard is fluent in several languages, including Arabic, French, Spanish and Turkish.
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Gordon S. Brown View biography
Ambassador Gordon S. Brown is an author and retired diplomat. He has written a number of books on the early United States and Washington D.C. history. Ambassador Brown had a 35-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service and has received awards from both the Departments of State and Defense. His assignments were centered in the Middle East and North Africa, where he concentrated on economic and energy policy issues. Following his diplomatic career, he helped establish and was President of the U.S.-Qatar Business Council.
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Lange Schermerhorn View biography
Lange Schermerhorn’s 35-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service has included a variety of assignments in the Department of State and as ambassador to the Republic of Djibouti. Since retiring in 2001, she has continued her interest in Africa and the affairs of the Horn, with consulting assignments in Egypt, Somaliland, and Djibouti. She participated in election observation missions in Nigeria, Somaliland and Kenya, and served as the political advisor to the commanding general of the U.S. Central Command’s Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. Lange is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and the National War College at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C.
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Molly Williamson View biography
A retired Foreign Service officer who served six U.S. presidents, Molly Williamson was the Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to the Secretary of Energy and interim ambassador to Bahrain. She was also Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce responsible for the Middle East, South Asia, Oceania and Africa, and served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense responsible for the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia. Molly is a scholar with the Middle East Institute, a member of Georgetown University’s MSFS oral boards, and a board member of the American Foreign Service Association and American Academy of Diplomacy.
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Janice Friesen Bay View biography
Janice Bay’s fascinating career with the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) began in 1967, and has since taken her around the world to countries including South Africa, Germany, Israel, Egypt, France and more. Specializing in U.S. foreign economic policy, Janice has served in roles ranging from diplomat to Economic Minster. In Washington, her assignments have included the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, the Economic Bureau, and the Office of the Director General of the Foreign Service. In the Economic Bureau, Janice served as Office Director for Aviation Negotiations and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Finance and Development. She played a key role in the development of U.S. plans for the reconstruction of Afghanistan, and was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Office of the Director General of the Foreign Service. In that job, she managed the Foreign Service assignments and personnel system.
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Denise Hanlon View biography
Denise Hanlon is a resident of Buffalo, where she was employed as a professor of nursing at the University of Buffalo. During free time for Road Scholars at Chautauqua, she teaches the Chinese character-and-symbol game of mahjong. She is an illuminating and affable Group Leader.
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