Inside Diplomacy: 20 Years Later - Emerging from the Legacy of 9/11

Start Date/Time: 
Wednesday, September 22, 2021 - 16:30
End Date/Time: 
Wednesday, September 22, 2021 - 17:30

The September 11 attacks changed many things about America, including how we conduct our foreign policy. The post-9/11 counterterrorism foreign policy over the past twenty years has led to American war fatigue, loss of American appetite in global engagement, and a new reckoning with the long-held concept of American Exceptionalism.

Join us for the latest Inside Diplomacy event, where we examine the legacy of post 9/11 foreign policy, discuss the renewal of U.S. global engagement, and the impact of the recent Afghanistan withdrawal.

AFSA President Ambassador Eric Rubin will host Ambassador Anne Patterson, former Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, and Ambassador Ronald E. Neumann, President of the American Academy of Diplomacy. There will be a chance to ask questions.

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About the guests:

Ambassador Anne Patterson

Ambassador Anne W. Patterson was the Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs at the Department of State (2013-2017). She served as Ambassador to Egypt (2011-2013), to Pakistan (2007-2010), to Colombia (2000-2003) and to El Salvador (1997-2000). She retired in 2017 with the rank of Career Ambassador after more than four decades in the Foreign Service. Ambassador Patterson also served as Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs and as Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations.

Ambassador Ronald E. Neumann

Ambassador (ret.) Ronald E. Neumann is the President of the American Academy of Diplomacy. Formerly a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Ronald E. Neumann served three times as Ambassador; to Algeria, Bahrain and finally to Afghanistan from July 2005 to April 2007. Before Afghanistan, Mr. Neumann, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, served in Baghdad from February 2004 with the Coalition Provisional Authority and then as Embassy Baghdad’s liaison with the Multinational Command, where he was deeply involved in coordinating the political part of military actions. Click here for full bio.

About Inside Diplomacy:

This virtual series, hosted by AFSA President Eric Rubin, explores current national security issues as they relate to U.S. foreign policy and the Foreign Service. Inside Diplomacy is part of AFSA’s outreach to share the importance of the work of the Foreign Service. These events are open to the public.