Meet our Next Speaker
Ambassador Frank Ricciardone
Monday, June 1
Topic: A Strategy for Renewal in the Middle East: The Atlantic Council Project
Francis J. Ricciardone is Atlantic Council vice president and director of the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East. Before joining the Council he was a career Foreign Service officer in Washington, the Middle East, Europe, and Asia, including assignments as ambassador to Turkey (2011-14), chargé d’affaires and deputy ambassador to Afghanistan (2009-10), ambassador to Egypt (2005-8), and ambassador to the Philippines and Palau (2002-5).
As Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s special coordinator for the transition of Iraq (1999-2001), Ambassador Ricciardone supported the reestablishment of the democratic opposition to the Saddam Hussein regime. Secretary of State Colin Powell assigned him in 2004 to organize the new US Embassy in Baghdad to replace the Coalition Provisional Authority.
He worked with Egyptian, Israeli, and other international military forces as chief of the Civilian Observer Unit of the Multinational Force and Observers in Egypt’s Sinai Desert (1989-91). In 1993 he served as political advisor to US and Turkish generals commanding Operation Northern Watch in northern Iraq, based in Turkey.
Before joining the Foreign Service, Ambassador Ricciardone held a Fulbright Scholarship in Italy, and taught at international schools in Italy and in Iran. He graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1973.
He speaks Italian, Turkish, Arabic, and French. He is married to Dr. Marie Ricciardone, a molecular biologist.
Meetings open to members only. Unless otherwise noted, all meetings take place at Erickson Hall at Point Lookout. Please plan on arriving by 11:30AM for noon meetings. The speaker begins promptly at noon and lunch is served from 1PM.
A Few Audios of Past Presentations
Listed below are links to past presentations for which audios have recently been added. Click on the link to gain access:
- Swithin Munyantwali on Chinese Involvement in Africa. Is this a true partnership?
- Yosi Alpher on Israel’s Search for Middle-East Allies
- Pamela Cox on Dealing with Stubborn Poverty
- Seyed Hossein Mousavian on Walking the Iran Tightrope
- Ken Hillas on What is Russia Thinking Now?
- Ambassador Peter Galbraith on Iraq and Syria: What’s Next?
- Shibley Telhami on The World Through Arab Eyes
- Jim Hightower’s Common Sense Commentaries
- Dean Cheng on China: The Three Nots
- Michelle Egan on US-EU Relations
- John Mearsheimer on The Follies of US Foreign Policy
- Stephen Kinzer on “The Brothers: John Foster and Allen Dulles and Their Secret World War”
- Ambassador Jack Matlock on Ukraine
- Peter Mattis on Chinese Intelligence
- Ambassador Laurence Pope on The Demilitarization of Diplomacy
- Paul Saunder on Russia and the U.S.
- Greg Thielmann on Iran Negotiations
- Trita Parsi on “Iran: Is Peace Finally in the Offing?“
- Diana Negroponte on Post-Chavez Venezuela
- Aaron David Miller on Gulliver’s Troubles: America and the Middle East
- Fred Kaplan on Counter-Insurgency: One Size Doesn’t Fit All
- Amb. Vicki Huddleston on Africa: al Qaida, Mali, and Who Knows What Else?
- Dana Frank on The U.S. and Post-Coup Honduras: A Human Rights Disaster
- Ray McGovern on Obama in lockstep with Israel on Iran? Why?
- Gregory Johnsen on Yemen, Drones and a Drone Policy
- Larry Wilkerson on Does It Really Matter Who’s President?
- Michael Pillsbury on A China Policy for the United States
- Ambassador Husain Haqqani on The US-Pakistan Alliance
- Joan Johnson-Freese on The Quest to Dominate Space
- Richard Downes: Brazil’s Emergence
- Michael Klare: “The Race for What’s Left”
- Murhaf Jouejati: “Syria: A New Perspective”
- Stephen Walt: “Deja Vu All Over Again?: Iraq, Iran, and the Israel Lobby“
- Josh Landis: “A Policy of Regime Change for Syria?“
- James Farwell on ‘The Pakistan Cauldron‘
- Sa’ad Ibrahim on “The Arab Spring in Egypt“
- Colonel Bill Smullen on “Thinking Strategically about US Foreign Policy“
- Peter Van Buren on “Lessons from the ‘reconstruction’ of Iraq“
- Nazila Fathi on “Iran and its Supreme Leader: Two years after the Contested Election“
- Tom DeMarco on “CyberWar: Science or Science Fiction?“
- Seth Jones on “Hunting in the Shadows: The Pursuit of al Qa’ida Since 9/11“
- Yossi Alpher on “A Win-Win Formula for Palestinian Statehood“
- Allen Wells on “So Far From God, So Close to the United States: Mexico’s Most Pressing Challenges“
- Adam Hochschild on “A New Look at the Conflict That Shaped the 20th Century”
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