April 06, 2020

American diplomacy topic of Oakley speech

ORONO – A former assistant secretary for the State Department will speak at the University of Maine on the foreign policy challenges facing the new administration.

Phyllis Oakley, who served in Republican and Democratic administrations, will lecture on “American Diplomacy in the Post-Cold War World” at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, at Hauck Auditorium in the Memorial Union.

Oakley’s speech will focus on the need for public diplomacy to function more efficiently in six global regions – Africa, Europe, Near East, Western Hemisphere, East Asia, and Pacific and South Asia – to better negotiate emergencies that crop up, while remaining fully committed to United States foreign policy.

Now a lecturer, Oakley served as spokeswoman for Secretary of State George Schultz and in intelligence for Secretaries of State James Baker and Madeline Albright. She also held positions in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, the office of Congressional Affairs and the Agency for International Development, working in Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Middle East.

The lecture is sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Maine and the University of Maine’s William S. Cohen Center for International Policy and Commerce. Additional funding was provided by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. State Department, according the university.

For more information, call the Business School, 581-1968.

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