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                                                                Ambassador C. Stephen McCann

It is extremely sad to report the passing of Ambassador C. Stephen McGann, President of the Assciation of Black American Ambassadors (ABAA).  He was proud family man, successful consulting firm founder, accomplished Senior Foreign Service Officer and creative contributor to many international affairs organizations after his retirement from State.  He offered bold and energetic leadership to our organization.  We in the ABAA are deeply affected by this loss of a friend and colleague.  We greatly appreciate his many contributions and send deepest condolences to his family.  Please see the funeral home website for information on funeral arrangements.


                                                               Ambassador Harry K. Thomas, Jr.
                                                          2023 State Dept GTM Director General's
                                                                  Foreign Service Cup Recipient 

Ambassador Harry K. Thomas is the recipient of this year's 2023
State Dept GTM Director General's Foreign Service Cup for embodying the highest ideals of public service. Over a 34-year career, Ambassador Thomas served in senior positions at the State Department and
The White House.

                                        Ambassador Aurelia Brazeal
                                                                   2023 Foreign Service Cup Recipient

Ambassador Rea Brazeal is the 2023 Foreign Service Cup recipient for contributions during her 40-year career. Since retiring, she's worked with Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program and the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Program to bring diversity to the Foreign Service.

Read about her accomplishments here.


Memorial Service for Ambassador James A. Joseph

Ambassador James A. Joseph passed away on February 17.  His memorial service aired at the National Cathedral on April 26, 2023.  This is his official obituary.  ABAA offers its deepest condolences to the family of Ambassador Joseph, a great humanitarian and distinguished contributor to the fight for human rights and U.S. diplomacy.


                                                                                                      Watch Memorial Service Here

Women's History Month:
Honoring the Many "Firsts" of African American Female Ambassadors"


March 30, 2023

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                                                                           African American Female Ambassadors:
                                                             First to Serve in Work Related Positions

Compiled by:
                                                                                Ambassador Ruth A. Davis (Ret.)

When I take a historical look at Black Women in international affairs, I immediately think of outstanding figures such as Patricia Roberts Harris, the first Black female ambassador and others who followed her including Ambassador Mabel M. Smythe, then later in 1990 Ambassador Aurelia E. Brazeal who became the first African American female Foreign Service Officer (FSO) to be appointed ambassador, three times - a singular honor.

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            The General and The Ambassador

Mississippi Adjutant General, General Janson Boyles, and former US Ambassador to Uzbekistan, Pamela Spratlen discuss the role of the US national guard overseas, focusing on the State Partnership Program between the Mississippi National Guard and Uzbekistan.  They review the US-Uzbek security relationship over the years;  their joint efforts to encourage the country’s emergence from isolation; the Mississippi National Guard’s role in influencing Uzbek military leadership and in strengthening bilateral civilian/economic ties; and the important role of the Mississippi Assistant Adjutant General, Congressman Trent Kelly.

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From:    Thursday Luncheon Group <>
Date:     March 10, 2023 at 3:00:40 PM EST
Subject:  Message from the President - Upcoming 50th Anniversary Events + Updates

Greetings Active and Lifetime members, Friends of TLG:   

The Thursday Luncheon Group Executive Board continues to receive moving reflections from attendees of TLG's 50th anniversary luncheon in the Benjamin Franklin Room at the Department of State on February 2.  Many members viewed the celebration recording here:  We are proud of the incredible team effort that produced such a memorable moment in TLG history.


TLG's 50th anniversary luncheon is now featured in the March issue of State Magazine, underscoring the importance of this milestone anniversary and our continued work to support TLG' s enduring legacy - view it here:

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                                                 A Foreign Service Trailblazer - Ambassador Ruth A. Davis

Ambassador Ruth A. Davis received the American Foreign Service Association’s Lifetime Contributions to American Diplomacy Award in recognition of her distinguished Foreign Service career and lifelong devotion to diplomacy at a June 23 ceremony in the State Department’s Benjamin Franklin Room (for her speech and coverage of the ceremony, see AFSA News; click here to watch her acceptance speech).

Born in 1943, Amb. Davis received a bachelor’s degree from Spelman College and a master’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley’s School of Social Work in 1968. She joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1969.

A trailblazer throughout her 40-year career, Amb. Davis was the first female senior watch officer (SWO) in the
 Operations Center (1982-1984), the first African-American director of the Foreign Service Institute (1997-2001) and the first African-American female Director General of the Foreign Service (2001-2003). She was also the first and only African-American woman to be named Career Ambassador, the longest-serving officer at that level and, upon retirement, the highest-ranking Foreign Service officer. She is also the first African American to be awarded AFSA’s Lifetime Contributions to American Diplomacy Award.

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  Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield's Interview with Sherwin Bryce-Pease of SABC                          


QUESTION:  Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, welcome back to SABC News.  

AMBASSADOR LINDA THOMAS-GREENFIELD: Thank you. Delighted to be here.  

QUESTION: Now, you embark on a three-nation visit to Africa later this week, including stops in Ghana, Mozambique, and Kenya, in what your office describes as an effort to affirm and strengthen partnerships with key current and former UN Security Council members.  

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                                       The US-Africa Leaders Summit 2022: Renewing US-Africa Relations

Delegates from forty-nine African countries and the African Union were in the United States from the 13th to the 15th of December 2022, to attend the US-Africa Leaders Summit (ALS). The ALS was welcomed as a sign of the end of “benign neglect” of Africa beyond concerns about China, Russia and countering-violent extremism. This summit was a start, however, much more needs to be accomplished to meet the commitments outlined during the ALS.

Senior administration officials said the ALS was convened, ‘to focus on deepening and expanding the long-term US-Africa partnership, advance shared priorities, and amplify African voices to work together to meet this era’s defining challenges.

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                              US Olympian who created history as a diplomat dies just before 99th birthday

US Olympian who created history as a diplomat dies just before 99th birthday
By Duncan Mackay

The United States' Dave Bolen, who finished fourth in a celebrated 400 metres race at the 1948 Olympic Games in London, has died a few days short of his 99th birthday, it has been reported.

The race was won by Jamaica's Arthur Wint, coming from almost 10m back to catch team-mate and world record holder Herb McKenley.

It was Jamaica's first Olympic gold medal in any event and broke a string of three consecutive American victories in the men's 400m stretching back to Amsterdam 1928.

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                                                       FSI Honors ABAA president pro tem Ruth Davis

On March 28, 2021, the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute (FSI) honored ABAA’s president pro tempore Ambassador Ruth A. Davis by naming the FSI Director’s Conference Room the Davis Conference Room.

In a combined live/virtual ceremony presided over by the acting FSI Director, and attended by Davis and her family, and senior State Department officials, including acting Under Secretary for Management Carol Z. Perez, who was most recently Director General of the Foreign Service, direct and video tributes were paid to her for her long and distinguished service to the State Department and to the nation.

Ruth Davis, in addition to being a former director of FSI and Director-General of the Foreign Service and was the first African-American woman to achieve the rank of career ambassador. She was the first woman of color to be appointed Director General and the first African-American director of FSI. While heading FSI, she created the school of leadership and management, and throughout her long and distinguished career was at the forefront of creating an environment of diversity and inclusion in America’s diplomatic service.

A magna cum laude graduate and Merrill Scholar of Atlanta’s Spelman College, Davis studied abroad in Europe and the Middle East.

Davis joined the Foreign Service in 1969 and served first as a consular officer in Zaire. She then went on to do consular work in Kenya, Japan, and Italy. Among her other diplomatic assignments, she was principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs, consul general in Barcelona, Spain, and ambassador in Benin.

Davis has been hailed as a ‘Diplomatic Pioneer,’ for her achievements and commitment to diversity in the ranks of the diplomatic corps and has continued to be active in promoting effective American diplomacy in her retirement as well, including serving as vice president and president pro tem of the Association of Black American Ambassadors, and as a member of the American Academy of Diplomacy, and the Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs.

In 2016, Ruth A. Davis was presented the Lifetime Contributions to American Diplomacy Award by the American Foreign Service Association.





The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program is now accepting applications for the 2020 Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program at

Do you know a student who wants to make a difference in the world?

The Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program is a six-week program at Howard University that helps prepare undergraduate students for careers in international affairs. It includes two for-credit academic courses, a professional writing seminar, visits and meetings with foreign affairs professionals in a wide range of government and non-governmental organizations, and professional development activities. It pays for tuition, room, board, and transportation and provides a stipend.

The program will run from mid-June until late July.

Eligibility requirements

U.S. citizenship

A comprehensive GPA of at least 3.2

Full-time undergraduate student status

Sophomore or above, including graduating seniors

The program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need. Applicants with any undergraduate major are welcome to apply.

The Program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by Howard University.

Application Deadline

February 4, 2020



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National Academy of Public Administration Announces 

2019 Class of Academy Fellows

51 Leaders in Public Administration to Join the Academy

ABAA member, Ambassador (retired) Joyce Barr, Professor of Practice, Government and International Affairs at Virginia Tech University, has been enrolled as a fellow in the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA)

NAPA recently announced that 51 leaders in the field of public administration have been selected for the 2019 Class of Academy Fellows. Induction of the new Fellows will occur during the annual Academy Fall Meeting which will take place November 7-8 in Arlington, Virginia.

"I am very pleased to welcome our 2019 class of Fellows," said Academy President and CEO Terry Gerton. "Our Fellows are nationally recognized for their expertise and contributions to the field of public administration and this year's incoming class is no exception.  They are an outstanding group that will enrich our Fellowship, especially as we unveil the Grand Challenges in Public Administration and collaborate across the field to find solutions."

Selection of the Academy’s new Fellows follows a rigorous review of the individual’s contributions to the field of public administration and policy. The 2019 class joins more than 900 Academy Fellows—including former cabinet officers, members of congress, governors, mayors, and state legislators, as well as prominent scholars, business executives, nonprofit leaders, and public administrators.


Statement by Ambassador (ret) Charles Ray

To the Africa Subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee


Chairman and distinguished members of the subcommittee, I am honored to be able to appear before you today to discuss the path forward in US-Zimbabwe relations. I served as U.S. Ambassador to Zimbabwe from 2009 to 2012, during the period of the ZANU-PF/MDC coalition government, a time of relative peace and economic stability, but, unfortunately, also a time of lost opportunities to put Zimbabwe on the path of truly representative government and a prosperous economy.

Most Americans today know very little about Zimbabwe, but for a brief time in November 2017, it was again prominent in the American mass media.

After several weeks of increasing political turmoil, primarily within Mugabe’s ruling ZANU-PF party, the first vice president, Emmerson D. Mnangagwa was accused of disloyalty and sacked. He then fled to South Africa, claiming that his life was in danger. Around this same time, Mugabe’s wife, Grace, began to appear more and more in public, making statements that she should be the one to succeed the aging leader, pronouncements that Mugabe did nothing to deny. In an unprecedented—for Zimbabwe—move, Constantine Chiwenga, chief of the Zimbabwe Defense Staff, made a public statement that the military would not stand idly by and allow liberation figures to be removed from government or the party.

Shortly thereafter the military made its move. It took control of key installations in Harare, and placed Mugabe and his family under effective house arrest—although, it was quick to publicly announce that what it was doing was not a coup. As one opposition figure said, though, if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s a duck. It was a palace coup, with the army moving against elements of its own party, but make no mistake about it, it was a coup d’état. Relatively nonviolent, and done in a most unusual way; Mugabe was allowed to meet the press, to phone the South African president, to meet with the coup leader in what on the surface appeared a cordial encounter, and even to call a cabinet meeting; it was still a change of government initiated by force of arms rather than the ballot box.

How the military’s actions will be dealt with is something for Zimbabweans to decide. For the rest of the world, and the United States in particular, the key questions are; where does Zimbabwe go from here, and what role should we play in that journey?

We should start with a bit of background on Zimbabwe’s new ruler, Emmerson Mnangagwa. The question on many minds is, will he be any different from Mugabe? He is, after all, someone who worked closely with Mugabe for more than 37 years after the country’s independence, who served as an intelligence officer during the war for independence, and who, because of his actions in support the crackdown on Ndebele political opposition in the 1980s, and MDC supporters in the 1990s, has earned the nickname, ‘Crocodile.’ Prior to being appointed to the first vice president position, Mnangagwa served as defense minister and justice minister. Though he lacks Mugabe’s charisma, he enjoys the support of most senior military officials.

Moving forward, his first priority will be to reassert control over ZANU-PF, a party that has fractured along generational lines, with many of those in their 40s and 50s, known as the G-40, supporting Grace Mugabe against the older liberation-era party members. A united ZANU-PF is essential if the party is to retain power. This won’t be an easy task for Mnangagwa, as the rift between the two demographics was worsened by some of the actions and rhetoric during September-November of last year. The issue is further complicated by the presence of former ZANU-PF number two, Joice Mujuru’s Zimbabwe People First (ZIM-PF) Party. Mujuru, until Grace Mugabe engineered her ouster, was first vice president, and at the time was in competition with Mnangagwa, a successor to Mugabe. A veteran of the liberation struggle, as a fighter with a fierce reputation, she also enjoys some military support, although probably not as much as Mnangagwa.

Mnangagwa’s second priority, I believe, will be to ensure ZANU-PF’s continued control of the reins of power in the country. If he can somehow pull all the ZANU factions together, and overcome the possible threat from Mujuru, he will have to decide whether or not to proceed with elections in July 2018. He has indicated that he will do so. While violence and chicanery are still possibilities that can’t be cavalierly dismissed, a united ZANU-PF is likely to be able to do well against the current opposition party lineup. The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) is still split between the faction led by Morgan Tsvangirai and the one led by Welshman Ncube. As the parties that pose the greatest challenge to ZANU-PF in the urban areas, if they were united, they might do well, but it is unlikely that they will merge. The remainder of the opposition parties, with the exception of ZIM-PF, will only take votes away from MDC, which is to ZANU-PF’s advantage. In the rural areas, ZANU-PF has, in the past at least, had an advantage, and Mnangagwa is sure to capitalize on this.

So, while it’s too early to predict that the 2018 elections will be free, fair and nonviolent, let us assume, for the moment that they will be.

Where do we go from that point?

During my time as US Ambassador to Zimbabwe, one of the most frequent topics of conversation was US sanctions. Put in place in response to the violent land seizures and electoral violence of the late 1990s, the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act was enacted in December 2001, and a presidential executive order, targeting individuals and entities involved in the violence and antidemocratic acts was issued in March 2003. Both actions were intended to encourage a return to democracy, something that had not happened by the time of my arrival in 2009. After the MDC won the 2008 elections, although without the necessary 51% majority, there was more violence, but under South African pressure, a coalition government was formed. That government, with the MDC in a subordinate position to ZANU-PF, lasted until the 2014 elections, in which ZANU-PF got the required majority and subsequently formed a government without MDC.

The sanctions, in my view, were clearly not having the desired effect, and Mugabe’s party hardliners were using their existence as an excuse for all of the country’s ills.

My response to the many queries of, ‘when will sanctions be lifted/’, was, ‘when there is a return to nonviolent elections and democracy. In fact, during one of my final media interviews before my departure in 2012, at the end of my tour, I said, “Sanctions were a response to a violent electoral process. A credible electoral process, free of violence, would make our current policies irrelevant.”

If this year’s elections are head, they are determined to be credible, and there is no violence, the ball will be in our court.

If we truly want to see Zimbabwe develop to its potential, we must be prepared to work with the winner of a credible, nonviolent election, regardless of the political party. Even if the election is credible and nonviolent, any new government is almost certain to contain officials who bring a lot of historical baggage with them to the positions they occupy. I firmly believe, however, that we should, in such a situation, put the past behind us and focus on the policy statement in the introduction of the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act of 2001; ‘it is the policy of the United States to support the people of Zimbabwe in their struggle to effect peaceful, democratic change, achieve broad-based and equitable economic growth, and restore the rule of law.”

I leave development of the precise modalities of our actions to the policy makers and the professionals in the Foreign and Civil services of our foreign affairs agencies, primarily State and USAID, but I would offer a few suggestions on the way forward.

First, we should instruct our embassy in Harare to establish contact with Mnangagwa and his current government to reiterate our policy regarding sanctions, and to inform him that, if upcoming elections are credible and nonviolent, we are prepared to recognize and work with the new government. While we should continue to monitor the human rights situation, our initial focus should be on actions to reinvigorate the country’s economy and empower the private sector to revitalize the agricultural sector, and rebuild stagnant industries, with a view to creating meaningful employment and broad economic security. We should encourage the new government to develop an investor-friendly climate, and take steps to curb corruption, while at the same time, encouraging American business to explore opportunities to increase two-way trade and investment.

During my time as ambassador, we experimented with a local economic development program modeled on an Asian village financing scheme. Women in a few poor rural villages were taught to organize local savings clubs, in which deposits were loaned out to members at low interest rates for income-producing ventures. These programs, though known to the government, were outside government control, and within months of establishment, totally self-reliant. Consideration should be given to implementing such a program in rural and suburban communities country-wide. People who are economically self-sufficient are less vulnerable to political exploitation.

The elephant in the room, which can’t be entirely ignored, is the Zimbabwean military. Existing laws and regulations will limit what we can do with the military, but for the long term, peaceful development of Zimbabwe, at some point we will have to figure out a way to work with this institution. Initially, I believe the primary focus should be on inculcating in the military establishment an ethos of service to the nation as a whole rather than identification with a specific political party. In my limited contact with senior military officials when I was ambassador, I was convinced that there exists within the military establishment a cadre of people who would like to professionalize and depoliticize the institution. The challenge will be to identify those individuals, and develop effective ways of working with them. One possibility might be to establish a working relationship with the SADC Peacekeeping Academy, which is located in Harare, and allowing Zimbabwean military participation in courses of instruction on military professionalism. I leave it to State and Defense, working with the congress, to determine just how such a program would be implemented.

While I have, in making these recommendations, assumed that elections will be held in July 2018, and that they will be credible and nonviolent, I must make clear at this point that I am not making a prediction. I do believe that if everyone approaches the coming months with an earnest desire to see Zimbabwe pull itself out of the doldrums and take its rightful place in the region and the world, it can happen. If it does happen, if everyone then puts the past behind them and focuses on the future, a new and more vibrant Zimbabwe can arise Phoenix-like from the ashes.

Amb. (ret) Charles Ray (r) and Rep. Chris Smith, subcommittee chair, talk after the hearing.


Ambassador (ret) Steve McCann Delivers Keynote Address

at Forum on the State of American Democracy

Ambassador (ret) Steve McCann, founder and CEO of The Stevenson Group, was the keynote speaker at a Forum on the State of American Democracy, held at Virginia International University, Fairfax, VA on May 18, 2018.

Panel discussing the state of democracy in the U.S.

The forum consisted of two panels of academics, journalists, and business people who spoke on the state of democracy both in the United States and internationally before a audience of faculty of the university. The first panel discussed the disturbing trend of backtracking on democratic reforms internationally and the trend globally toward autocracy, and the lessons that can be learned here in the U.S. in light of the outcome of the 2016 presidential elections. The second panel then looked at the state of democracy in the United States, emphasizing the fact that political polarization is at its highest since the Reconstruction era following the Civil War, and the trend of closed electoral primaries resulting in mostly extreme candidates in general elections. It was pointed out that while the US has a business climate that is favorable to small and medium-sized enterprises (ranked third in the world), in terms of inequality of income, the US ranks as one of the worst when compared with other developed economies, outperforming only countries like Burundi, El Salvador, and Iran.

McCann delivers keynote address

In his keynote address, McCann acknowledged that the challenges to democracy are great, but stated that as long as the populace remains alert and active, and we continue to abide by the Constitution and honor the rule of law, there is no danger of the U.S. becoming an autocratic state.

Brigety Honored by ICAPAA with 2018 Diversity Award

Washington, May 7, 2018—On April 28, the International Career Advancement Program Alumni Association (ICAPAA), honored Ambassador Reuben E. Brigety II, Dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs of The George Washington University, with the 2018 Diversity Award for his commitment to diversifying senior leadership in foreign affairs. The award was given during the ICAP Mid-Year Reunion and Awards Ceremony hosted at the UN Foundation in Washington, DC.

Ambassador Brigety formerly served as the U.S. Ambassador to the African Union and the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. He is an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

In his acceptance remarks, Ambassador Brigety underscored the importance of diversity in American leadership in bringing our nation closer to realizing the goals of the U.S. Constitution, “not as the our Founders practiced but as they articulated.” He implored the ICAP Fellows and senior advisors gathered to continually work toward building the America that reflects all of our ideals, commenting that progress is not guaranteed and historical biases and prejudices can reemerge without deliberate efforts.

Ambassador Brigety emphasized the importance of building strong relationships based on trust with those with different backgrounds, speaking multiple languages, making strategic decisions, and creating personal opportunities to share diverse experiences. He added that the majority must be engaged to play a critical role in social solutions, noting that “just because an injustice is not happening to us, it does not mean it is not happening.”

Dr. Tom Rowe, Founder & Director of ICAP said, “We are thrilled that ICAPAA is honoring Ambassador Brigety, a man who has illustrated through his career a commitment to promote diversity in his work and open doors and mentor all people, including people of color.”

“We are privileged to commemorate Ambassador Brigety. During this challenging political climate, ICAPAA wants to lock arms with a man who stands for his principles and values, not just when it is popular, but when it is most necessary,” stated Chandrima Das, President of ICAPAA.

Ambassador Brigety’s award was presented by Ambassador Ruth A. Davis, the highest-ranking African-American Foreign Service Officer and the first African-American woman to be named Career Ambassador when she retired in 2009. In attendance were ICAP Fellows, supporters and ICAP senior advisors, including Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the Distinguished Resident Fellow at Georgetown University and former Assistant Secretary for the State Department Bureau of African Affairs and Ambassador Lino Gutiérrez, the current Executive Director at the Una Chapman Cox Foundation.


Foreign Affairs Information Technology (IT) Fellowship Program

What is the Foreign Affairs Information Technology (IT) Fellowship Program? Funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Washington Center (TWC) for Internships and Academic Seminars


The Foreign Affairs IT Fellowship Program seeks to attract students from all ethnic, racial and social backgrounds who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in IT with the U.S. Department of State.  Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and students with financial need are encouraged to apply.  The fellowship offers tuition assistance, two summer internships with a stipend (domestic and overseas assignments), and a career, if candidates pass the Department of State employment requirements.

The Foreign Affairs IT Fellowship information and application can be accessed here:  The application deadline is: December 31, 2017.

If you would like additional information about the fellowship, please contact Program Manager Karen Ritter or External Program Director Kevin Nunley at



DACOR, An Organization of Foreign Affairs Professionals


request the pleasure of your company at

a reception to celebrate the 62nd volume in the

ADST-DACOR Diplomats and Diplomacy Series:






Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

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U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

Experience a new world and expand your horizons – Study abroad in High School. The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs offers full scholarships to high school students to study abroad for one academic year. International exchange programs give you the opportunity to establish long-lasting ties with people around the globe, promote mutual understanding, learn a new language, and develop global leadership skills.

The KENNEDY-LUGAR YOUTH EXCHANGE AND STUDY ABROAD (YESABROAD) was launched in the aftermath of September 11, 2001 to advance mutual understanding between the United States and countries with significant Muslim populations. YES Abroad provides full scholarships to American students (ages 15-18) to live with a host family and study in local high schools for one academic year in countries in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and the Balkans.

2018-19 Application: Opens September 5, 2017 - Closes December 5, 2017 
Scholarships Available: 65
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Ralph Bunche International Affairs Center

Howard University

Washington, D.C.

Howard University invites applicants to apply for the position of the Director of the Ralph Bunche International Affairs Center (Bunche Center). Founded in 1993, the Bunche Center fosters an awareness of international affairs and serves as a focal point for Howard University's diplomacy, foreign service, and international relations activities. Additionally, the Center seeks to provide academic programming to stimulate the intellectual discourse regarding international affairs, student and faculty engagement, and the role of the academic community in the shaping and implementation of U.S. foreign policy. The Center organizes and co-sponsors lectures, workshops, and conferences; supports faculty research and scholarship in international affairs; coordinates foreign service fellowship training programs; fosters relationships with the U.S. Department of State and other government agencies, as well as with foreign governments; and fosters academic communities of interest in international affairs.

The Director of the Bunche Center is responsible for providing leadership, direction, and administrative oversight to Center programming and activities. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: oversight of current foreign service fellowship programs; development of an academic fellowship program for faculty and graduate students focused on international affairs; planning and hosting program activities for high level international events: including identification and pursuit of external support; conduct and support of interdisciplinary academic programs with an international affairs focus; provide vision for the direction and programming of the Center; oversight of the Study Abroad Program; fundraising to expand Bunche Center activities.

Qualifications include an earned doctorate from an accredited institution, or extensive experience (at least 10 years in international affairs, plus a post-graduate degree). At least five years of relevant academic experience and/or five years of relevant international affairs and successful management or professional experience; strong leadership skills, established excellence in interpersonal, communication and administrative skills, and working cooperatively and collaboratively with others; strong interest in interdisciplinary education, and the ability to effectively articulate the vision and mission of the Ralph Bunche International Affairs Center. Candidates with backgrounds and international experience in U.S. Foreign Service, private sector NGOs, multilaterals and international development organizations are strongly encouraged. The successful candidate will report directly to the Assistant Provost for International Programs.

Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. Salary is competitive and commensurate with education and experience, with excellent fringe benefits. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Interested candidates should submit an application, a curriculum vitae, a statement of interest and contact information of three referees to: Shelese Smith, Program Manager for Faculty Appointments and Academic Searches, Office of the Provost, Howard University, 24006

Howard University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities and Women are highly encouraged to apply.





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