Madison Committee
on Foreign Relations

But Do You Wear A Uniform: Thirty-Five Years in America’s Other Army

  • Thursday, September 06, 2018
  • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • The Madison Club, 5 E Wilson St

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Ambassador Scott DeLisi will address key challenges of US diplomacy, from the perspective of his 35-year journey on the diplomatic backroads on behalf of our nation.  He will consider important challenges faced by diplomats in countries in the midst of conflict, experiencing dramatic transformation, or following paths that are in conflict with our interests and values. He will comment on the challenges of engaging youth and communicating through social media.

Scott DeLisi was a career diplomat for 35 years. His overseas postings included as American Ambassador to Uganda, Nepal, and Eritrea.  He also served overseas in India, Madagascar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Botswana.  Ambassador DeLisi’s Washington postings included service as Director of Career Development and Assignments, Director for Southern Africa Affairs and work as in the Intelligence Community.  He was the recipient of two Presidential Rank Awards, the Cobb Award for Initiative and Success in Trade Development, the James Clement Dunn Award for Excellence, the CIA Director’s Award, and the DIA Director’s Award, among others. Today he is the Executive Director of the Soarway Foundation working on Nepal, a Special Advisor to the State Department, and a lecturer at the Joint Forces War College in Norfolk, VA.  He has also been a recent speaker at events hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations, the Council for Global Equality, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
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