Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The Go-Between

Given that Jim Sasser will be the speaker at our upcoming luncheon, members may find this article interesting:

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

CFFS Luncheon on 5 April 2018


To the Carolina Friends of the Foreign Service
Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 11:30 A.M.
University Club, 3100 Tower Blvd. 17th Floor, Durham, NC  27707

Members of the Carolina Friends of the Foreign Service and their guests are invited to the spring 2018 CFFS Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 5. The venue for this lunch once again is the University Club located off US 15/501 BR, just north of the overpass connecting US 15/501 to I-85. As usual, we will gather for the social period at 11:30, moving to our tables at noon.

Speaker and Topic:  Our speaker will be CFFS member James Sasser whose topic will be “A Conversation with Senator Jim Sasser – U.S. Politics & China.”

Speaker’s Bio: The Honorable James Sasser served as United States Senator (R-Tenn) from 1976 to 1994 and as the U.S. ambassador to China from 1995 to 1999. He now provides strategic counsel to clients on a variety of topics, including public policy, media and international relations.

Reservations & Dues: The cost of the luncheon is $30 which includes coffee or tea, green salad, entrée, and a dessert.  A cash bar will be available.  The entrée choices are: pan seared chicken with potato gratin, grilled asparagus and cremini mushroom sauce; roasted salmon with heirloom tomato salad, jasmine rice and lemon garlic butter; or Vegetarian: roasted seasonal vegetables with parmesan risotto and herb salad. Please indicate your entrée choice(s) when you make your reservation.

A reminder: If you haven’t done so yet, you may include your 2018 dues, still only $10 a person (life members are exempt), along with your luncheon payment.

Please make checks payable to Treasurer, CFFS and mail them to Bonnie Kuhr, 7316 Ray Road, Raleigh NC 27613-3919.  Checks must be received no later than Monday, April 2.

We look forward to seeing you on April 5. 

Gwen C. Clare
Chair, CFFS Steering Committee

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Dr Dieter Dettke - Krasno Event Series

CFFS members may be interested in attending this event.


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The 2018 Anthony Joseph Drexel Biddle, Jr. Lecture on International Studies

Members may find this event to be of interest:
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
5:00 p.m.
Nasher Museum of Art Auditorium
Duke University, West Campus

The 2018 Anthony Joseph Drexel Biddle, Jr. Lecture on International Studies 

With The Honorable Brian A. Nichols,
former US Ambassador to Peru

Speaking on –

For Reasons Which Are Not Immediately Clear:
Foreign Policy in a Time of Uncertainty 

Ambassador Brian A. Nichols Mr. Nichols served as the US Ambassador to Peru from 2014 to 2017. He led an Embassy with 23 sections and agencies and over 1,000 employees. He directed a comprehensive effort to combat transnational organized crime in Peru. During his tenure, Peru broke records in coca eradication and interdiction, leading to a significant reduction in cocaine production. Ambassador Nichols pioneered strategies against illegal gold mining and illegal logging. He supported American trade and investment in Peru, including major sales to Peru’s security forces, increasing agricultural sales to over $1 billion annually, defending the rights of American investors, and building the Hemisphere’s largest public-private partnership—the US-Peru Cacao Alliance. He also pioneered programs to combat environmental degradation in the Amazon.

Nichols was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) from 2011 to 2013. In that capacity he oversaw the full range of rule-of-law programs, counter-narcotics and multilateral issues managed by the bureau. Nichols directed INL programs in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Europe, and Asia and also led US delegations to the United Nations in various counter-narcotics and anti-crime fora.

From 2007 to 2010, he served as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Colombia, where he managed day-to-day US diplomatic activities in Colombia, including overseeing over $500 million in annual US development, rule of law and security assistance. Ambassador Nichols previously served as the Director of the Office of Caribbean Affairs, coordinating US policy toward 14 Caribbean countries, including Haiti. He contributed to US efforts to re-establish democratic governance in Haiti. Nichols also served as Counselor for Political Affairs at the American Embassy in Indonesia from 2001 to 2004, where he worked to assist the Indonesian government to respond to the Bali bombing terrorist attack, strengthen its rule-of-law institutions, and consolidate its democracy. Beginning his Foreign Service career as a Consular Officer in Lima, Peru in 1989, he has also served in Mexico and El Salvador. 

Ambassador Nichols earned the 2016 Charles E. Cobb, Jr. Award for Initiative and Success in Trade Development for his efforts in Peru, a 2011 Presidential Meritorious Service Award, six Superior Honor Awards, and multiple other Department of State awards. Ambassador Nichols received the Grand Cross of the Order of the Sun —the highest State distinction bestowed by Peru in 2017. A native of Rhode Island, he is a graduate of Tufts University.