Johns Hopkins SAIS hosts “Afghanistan: On the Eve of Brussels,” with Ambassador Richard Olson on Sept. 29, 2016

“Afghanistan: On the Eve of Brussels,” a conversation with Ambassador Richard Olson, will be hosted at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). The discussion is part of the Dean's Forum on foreign policy and global security.
Ambassador Richard Olson, U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan 
Dr. Daniel Markey, Director of the Global Policy Program at Johns Hopkins SAIS and Senior Research Professor in International Relations
Time and Date
12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Johns Hopkins SAIS
Kenney Herter Auditorium
1740 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
The event is open to the public and media, with registration. Members of the working press may RSVP through the online registration form. Camera setup will only be permitted from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
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About the Speaker
Ambassador Richard Olson assumed duty as U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (SRAP) November 2015, after concluding his service as the U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan. He previously served as the Coordinating Director for Development and Economic Affairs, at U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan, from 2011 to 2012, and as U.S. Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates from 2008 to 2011. He is a member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Career Minister.
Olson joined the U.S. Department of State in 1982. He has served in Mexico, Uganda, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, the United Arab Emirates, (where he served in Abu Dhabi and Dubai), and in Najaf, Iraq. He was also Deputy Chief of Mission at the United States Mission to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
His Washington assignments include: State Department Operations Center (twice), NATO Desk, the Office of Israel and Palestinian Affairs (twice, including as Director), and the Office of Iraqi Affairs, including as Director. He graduated from Brown University in 1981, receiving an A.B. in Law and Society (Honors) and History.
Olson has been awarded the Presidential Distinguished Service Award, the Secretary of State’s Award for Public Outreach, the State Department’s Superior Honor Award (three times), and the Secretary of Defense’s Exceptional Civilian Service Award (for his service in Iraq).
About Johns Hopkins SAIS
A division of The Johns Hopkins University, the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is a global institution that offers students an international perspective on today’s critical issues. For seven decades, students have distinguished themselves by pursuing academic excellence in international relations. The school was established in Washington, D.C. in 1943, and opened its campus in Bologna, Italy in 1955. It initiated one of the first Western university programs in the People’s Republic of China when it launched a campus in Nanjing in 1986.
The school’s mission is to provide an interdisciplinary professional education that prepares a diverse graduate student body for internationally-related positions of responsibility; to foster research, scholarship and cross-cultural exchange; and to contribute knowledge, expertise and leadership to the global community.
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