U.S. Policy in Africa
Ambassador Robert Jackson, U.S. State Department
February 13, 2015 (Fri), 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
UNM Continuing Education Conference Center
Ambassador Jackson will focus on U.S. Policy in Africa – what it is and what it isn’t and why. He will discuss various “hot spots” and provide insight into what the U.S. Government is doing to combat Ebola. This is a rare opportunity to listen to one of the best informed experts on Africa.
Ambassador Robert P. Jackson became Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for African Affairs in October 2013. He most recently served as Ambassador to the Republic of Cameroon. Mr. Jackson’s previous assignments include postings as Deputy Chief of Mission and Charge d’Affaires, a.i., Rabat, Morocco; Deputy Chief of Mission and Charge d’Affaires, a.i., Dakar, Senegal; Director of the Office for the Promotion of Human Rights and Democracy at the Department of State in Washington, D.C.; Political/Economic Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire; Political-Military Officer in Lisbon, Portugal; Coordinator of the Entry-Level Officer Training Program (A-100) and Deputy Director of the Orientation Division at the Foreign Service Institute; Country Officer for Zimbabwe and Botswana; Chief of the Political Section in Harare, Zimbabwe; Country Officer for Nigeria; Political/Economic Officer in Bujumbura, Burundi; and Consular/Economic Officer in Montreal, Canada. Mr. Jackson has been a Member of the Senior Foreign Service since December 2003. In 2006, he received the James A. Baker III – C. Howard Wilkins, Jr., Award for Outstanding Deputy Chief of Mission. He has also received three individual superior honor awards and two individual meritorious honor awards. Mr. Jackson earned his M.S. in National Resource Strategy from National Defense University, his M.A. in International Affairs from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and his B.A. in Government and Legal Studies from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. Ambassador Jackson speaks French and Portuguese.