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Uploaded on Feb 12, 2010

Florida Atlantic University Department of History presents the Alan B. Larkin Symposium on the American Presidency

Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering
Americas Future in the Middle East: What is Obama to Do?

A veteran diplomat looks at challenges and opportunities from Iran to Israel and beyond Thomas R. Pickering is one of Americas most senior and experienced diplomats, with a distinguished career spanning five decades.

He has served as ambassador to Israel, Jordan, Russia, India, Nigeria and El Salvador. In the 1990s, he played a critical role as ambassador to the United Nations, where he helped shape the Security Councils response to Iraqs invasion of Kuwait.

He has held numerous senior positions at the State Department, including special assistant to Secretaries William P. Rogers and Henry A. Kissinger, and Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs during the Clinton administration. He holds the rank of Career Ambassador, the highest in the Foreign Service.

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