Former NATO ambassador returns for spring residency

Posted: Tuesday, 05 April 2011

TROY—Ambassador Kurt Volker, former U.S. Ambassador to NATO, will return to Troy University for the spring leg of his Ambassador-in-Residence duties.

Ambassador Volker, who began his year-long residency in September 2010, will conduct a presentation from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 12 in the Trojan Center Theater. A reception will be held immediately prior to the lecture.

Free and open to the public, the lecture will focus on “the United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in the Contemporary World.”

TROY’s Ambassador-in-Residence program is an initiative of the College of Arts and Science’s Department of Political Science and Volker is the third such ambassador to participate, said Charles Krupnick, chair of the department.

“We are excited to welcome back Ambassador Volker. His extensive experience in foreign affairs and national security gives students a unique glimpse into how our country interacts globally,” he said.

Ambassador Volker, a member of the U.S. Senior Foreign Service for more than 23 years, served as NATO ambassador under President George W. Bush. Prior to that, he served in U.S. embassies in Hungary and the United Kingdom and held senior-level positions in the State Department. He is a past senior director of the National Security Council and served as a staff member for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).

Currently, he is senior fellow and managing director of the Center on Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies and is a senior advisor at the Atlantic Council of the United States. He also teaches at George Washington University.

Others who have served in the role at TROY include former Ambassador to the United Nations Sichan Siv and former Ambassador to Jamaica J. Gary Cooper.

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Former U.S. Ambassador to NATO Kurt Volker conducts a class at Troy University in September 2010 as TROY’s Ambassador-in-Residence, a program of the political science department. Volker returns to TROY April 11-13 and will conduct an open-to-the-public presentation at 4 p.m. April 12 in the Trojan Center Theater. (TROY photo/Kevin Glackmeyer)