Former U.S. ambassador to lecture on TROY campus

Posted: Monday, 26 January 2015

TROY - Former U.S. Ambassador David Greenlee will serve as Troy University's Ambassador-in-Residence this spring. The former ambassador to Paraguay and Bolivia will deliver a public address to the Troy community on Feb. 5.

A Yale University graduate, Greenlee served as ambassador to Bolivia from 2003-2006, and was an ambassador to Paraguay from 2000-2003. He is also recognized for his work as a chair and U.S. Delegate to the Israel-Lebanon Monitoring Group, a successful five-nation effort to mitigate civilian casualties in cross-border fighting between Hezbollah and Israel.

"We are looking forward to hosting Ambassador Greenlee as the TROY Ambassador-in-Residence," said Dr. Jonathan Harrington, professor of political science. "The WHINSEC command at Ft. Benning is also excited to host Ambassador Greenlee and hear his perspectives on United States and Latin American Relations."

In addition to his ambassador positions, Greenlee served as deputy chief of mission in Bolivia, Chile, and Spain, as well as special coordinator and political advisor to the U.S. Army chief of staff in Haiti.

Greenlee has also volunteered with the Peace Corps in Bolivia, served as an Army officer in Vietnam, and graduated from the National War College. He is a member of the Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs and is on the boards of the American Academy of Diplomacy, and the American Foreign Service Association.

Since his retirement in 2007, he has been working as an independent consultant and annuitant with the State Department on institutional issues related to the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) and the reorganization of the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM).

During his time at the University, Greenlee will visit with students in various classes, as well as the command and students at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) at Fort Benning.

He will be in residence at TROY Feb. 2-5. His public address entitled "The United States and Latin America – A Broad Look at the Neighborhood" will be at 4 p.m. on Feb. 5 in McCall Hall (MSCX) room 114. It is free and open to the public.

The University's Ambassador-in-Residence program began in 2008 and has included former ambassadors Sichan Siv (United Nations), J. Gary Cooper (Jamaica), Kurt Volker (NATO), Jenonne Walker (Czech Republic), David Dunford (Oman), and Kenneth Yalowitz (Republic of Georgia).

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