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The Trustees of the

BALTIMORE COUNCIL ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Cordially Invite You to an Address by

 

THE HONORABLE LINDA THOMAS-GREENFIELD

ASSISTANT SECRETARY 

BUREAU OF AFRICAN AFFAIRS

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE

 

April 20, 2015

Reception: 5:15 p.m. Address: 6:00 p.m.

WORLD TRADE CENTER BALTIMORE

Members: Free of Charge

 Guest of a Member: $20.00 Non-Member: $25.00

"Africa: Present Challenges and Future Promise"

While recognizing significant contemporary problems of security, poverty, corruption, and authoritarianism, the American Administration policy is not pessimistic about Africa’s future.  It  is committed to partnership in encouraging business and economic growth, expanded human rights, and alleviation of the root causes of unrest and extremism. 

 

We are fortunate to have an authoritative presentation on contemporary American foreign policy toward Africa by the State Department’s senior officer with responsibility for Africa, Assistant Secretary Linda Thomas-Greenfield. 

 

The Assistant Secretary assumed her present post in August of 2013.  Her academic foundation includes a B.A. Degree in Political Science from Louisiana State University, an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin, and teaching Political Science at Bucknell University.

 

Her career at the Department of State, launched in 1982, has centered around extensive experience with Africa.  She has been posted to Nigeria, The Gambia, and Kenya and served as the United States Ambassador to Liberia.  In Washington, she was the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of African Affairs and is now the Assistant Secretary.

 

Her additional foreign service experience has included overseas postings to Jamaica, Pakistan, and the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, and senior assignments as the Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration and as the Director General of the Foreign Service.

 

Her breadth of experiences certainly has prepared her to address the continent’s terrible problems of the moment, the continent’s promising economic, social, and political prospects; and the partnership role the United States seeks to play.

 

It is an honor and a pleasure to welcome Assistant Secretary Linda Thomas-Greenfield to address the Council.