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Former Ambassador to Afghanistan to Speak at Mission Inn Feb. 11

Former Ambassador to Afghanistan to Speak at Mission Inn Feb. 11

Ronald E. Neumann, a distinguished alumnus of UCR, will be introduced by UCR Chancellor Timothy White

(January 27, 2009)

Ronald E. Neumann

Ronald E. Neumann

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( – The University of California, Riverside and the World Affairs Council of Inland Southern California will co-sponsor a talk Wednesday, Feb. 11 at the Mission Inn by The Honorable Ronald E. Neumann, former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan.

His topic is “Diplomacy in Crisis: The Real cost of Letting Diplomacy Decline.”
A reception begins at 5:30 p.m. with the talk set to begin at 6:30 p.m.
Neumann, who is the President of the American Academy of Diplomacy, will be introduced by UCR Chancellor Timothy P. White.

Neumann, an alumnus of UC Riverside, plans to discuss the long-term struggle in Afghanistan and how resources and responsibilities need to meet if America is to achieve its diplomatic goals.

He was Ambassador to Afghanistan from 2005 to April 2007. Previously he served as a Foreign Service Officer in many posts, including Iraq, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. Neumann traveled to Iraq recently at the request of Ambassador Ryan Crocker and General Petraeus to consult on future plans for the region.

The Mission Inn is located at 3649 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside.
Reservations are required by Monday, Feb. 9. The cost is $35 for the reception and talk, and $15 for the talk by itself. Students are always admitted free to World Affairs Council events.

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