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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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1,199
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
1,199
Length
6 days
Rating (4)
Starts at
1,199
Program No. 6881RJ

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DATES & PRICES

No shuttle Roundtrip airport transfer
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Excludes round-trip airport shuttle transfers to and from the program location.

Accommodation Details

Includes round-trip airport shuttle transfers to and from the program location.

Jun 5 - Jun 10, 2022
No transfer 1,199
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,299
Sep 25 - Sep 30, 2022
No transfer 1,199
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,299
Jun 11 - Jun 16, 2023
No transfer 1,649
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,749
Sep 24 - Sep 29, 2023
No transfer 1,649
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,749

DATES & PRICES

No shuttle Roundtrip airport transfer
Accommodation Details

Excludes round-trip airport shuttle transfers to and from the program location.

Accommodation Details

Includes round-trip airport shuttle transfers to and from the program location.

Jun 5 - Jun 10, 2022
No transfer 1,299
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,399
Sep 25 - Sep 30, 2022
No transfer 1,299
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,399
Jun 11 - Jun 16, 2023
No transfer 1,779
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,879
Sep 24 - Sep 29, 2023
No transfer 1,779
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,879

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

Please check back around 3 months prior to the start of your program for a list of topics and instructors. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available. Airport transfer available at added cost.
Featured Expert
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Molly Williamson
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.

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

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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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Suzanne Aldrich is a year-round resident of the Chautauqua area. An affable and skilled Group Leader, she is a board member of the Chautauqua Bird Tree & Garden Club. Suzanne has been an executive in the Girl Scouts organization and served in the Peace Corps in the Philippines and Germany.
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Kay Hutton is a lifelong Chautauquan who has spent many years as an English teacher at the high school and collegiate level. She currently teaches dyslexic children in State College, Pa., where she resides with her husband. A longtime Group Leader at Chautauqua, Kay is trained in the Chinese vital-energy discipline of Qigong, as well as holistic healing.
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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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Philip A. Shull retired in 2016 after 31 years with the Foreign Agricultural Service. His interest in food security and international relations was sparked as a boy living in India where he saw severe malnutrition. Mr. Shull's work maximizing exports of U.S. food and agricultural products and promoting global food security included trade negotiations, capacity building, food safety, biotechnology, marketing and promotion, scientific exchange, and economic analysis. His overseas assignments included Korea, Argentina (including Uruguay and Paraguay), Hong Kong, Philippines, and three postings to China.
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Ambassador Richard Boucher, a diplomat turned educator, now teaches diplomacy at Brown University. Until 2013, he served as Deputy Secretary General of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development where he focused on large developing economies. In the U.S. Foreign Service, he reached the highest rank — Career Ambassador — serving as Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia and as Spokesman for six Secretaries of State. He served and travelled repeatedly in China from the start of economic reform to the present day.
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James Bever has served for 35 years as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). He retired with the U.S. Senior Foreign Service rank of Career Minister in mid-2017, after acting as USAID Assistant Administrator for Legislative & Public Affairs. Mr. Bever has a Master of Science degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, a Master of Science cCertificate in National Security Strategy from the National War College, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Cornell University.
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Inside a US Embassy: Diplomacy at Work
by Shawn Dorman
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Chautauqua is a unique learning environment. The program was well organized and provided many opportunities to both learn on your own and participate in guided learning sessions. For me, this program is unforgettable.

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This is an enormously informative trip. I enjoyed very much learning about US foreign policy from experienced Foreign Service officers.

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This was our third Road Scholar/Chautauqua experience and there will be attending more in the future!

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The Chautauqua pre-season program with former Foreign Service Officers was a delight. Chautauqua is a great experience in itself and the ability to mingle informally with people who are well traveled, knowledgeable about foreign affairs and intellectually curious was stimulating.






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