What diplomats do and why it still matters

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – On Wednesday, September 26, from 6pm–8pm, the San Diego Diplomacy Council presents an evening with Ambassador Barbara Stephenson, President of the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA). The event is co-hosted with the San Diego World Affairs Council, and co-sponsored by the Charles Hostler Institute on World Affairs at SDSU, the San Diego World Trade Center and the City of San Diego’s International Affairs Board. It will be held at the Q Auditorium, Qualcomm Corporation, 6455 Lusk Boulevard, San Diego, 92121, in Sorrento Valley.

Ambassador Barbara Stephenson, a 33-year veteran of the United States Foreign Service, will discuss the role of the nation’s diplomats as the most cost-effective tool in our national security toolkit. Ambassador Stephenson will highlight how diplomatic engagement, whether through international exchange programs, helping U.S. businesses compete and win, or working with international law enforcement partners, helps the United States maintain global leadership and keep America secure and prosperous.

The Ambassador will share about her work with the State Department, Members of Congress, the foreign affairs agencies and others involved in the foreign policy process in advocating for a strong and compelling U.S. diplomatic presence in the world. She will also stress the importance of citizen, cultural and public diplomacy.

About Ambassador Barbara Stephenson:
Barbara Stephenson was elected President of AFSA in 2015 and re-elected in 2017. Her remarkable Foreign Service career includes service as Ambassador to Panama, Deputy Chief of Mission and Charge’ d’affaires (acting Ambassador) for the U.S. Mission to the United Kingdom, and Consul General in Northern Ireland.

In Washington, Ambassador Stephenson served as Dean of the Leadership and Management School at the Foreign Service Institute where she launched and co-chaired the department-wide Culture of Leadership Initiative. As Deputy Senior Adviser to the Secretary and Deputy Coordinator for Iraq (2006-2008), she won the State Department’s Distinguished Honor Award for developing and implementing the “civilian surge” that helped improve governance and reduce violence in Iraq’s provinces.
Ambassador Stephenson travels the country emphasizing the imperative of diplomacy and the need to maintain a strong cadre of U.S. diplomats abroad. Our country has enjoyed a position of unprecedented global leadership in our lifetimes. This leadership was built on a foundation of military might, economic primacy, good governance, business savvy and tremendous cultural appeal. Diplomatic prowess and leadership abroad keep Americans safe and prosperous at home.

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