ELEGY FOR AMERICAN DIPLOMACY
OCTOBER 26, 2018
Ambassador David Dunford
“Over the past three decades, American diplomatic successes have become increasingly irregular and the perception of the US has become less positive. More and more we look to our military to address problems which do not lend themselves to military solutions. Why is our diplomacy ineffective? What has gone wrong? How can we counter this malaise?
Ambassador David Dunford retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in 1995 following completion of his assignment as Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman. He served from 1988-92 in Saudi Arabia as Deputy Ambassador, including 15 months as Acting Ambassador. His other Foreign Service assignments included Director of Egyptian Affairs in the Department of State in Washington, DC, Minister-Counselor for Economic Affairs at the American Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, and Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative in the Executive Office of the President.
He was an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Arizona from 1996 to 2016 where he taught courses on the Arab-Israeli Conflict and the Middle East Business Environment. He was an Adjunct Professor at the Thunderbird School of Global Management from 1998 – 2000. Ambassador Dunford is on the Governing Board of the University of Arizona’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies. He is a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow with multiple visits to small colleges and universities throughout the U.S. Between 2004 and 2011, he traveled to Korea, Germany and to various military bases in the U.S. to assist in the training of U.S. forces being deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.
During 1997-8, Dave Dunford was Coordinator of the Transition Team for the establishment of the Bank for Economic Cooperation and Development in the Middle East and North Africa (MENABANK). The team’s office was in Cairo. From April to June of 2003, he worked for the Organization of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance, and later the Coalition Provisional Authority, in Baghdad as Senior Ministerial Liaison to Iraq’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He co-authored a book (now out of print) about this experience: Talking to Strangers: The Struggle to Rebuild Iraq’s Foreign Ministry (www.facebook.com/scapbook). Ambassador Dunford is currently working on a book to be published by Potomac Press in 2019. The working title is “From Sadat to Saddam: A Chronicle of the Decline of American Diplomacy.”
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