As part of the Community Events program of the Camden Conference, the Camden Public library will host Laurence Pope on Tuesday, November 21 at 7:00 pm. He will give a talk titled “Diplomacy in the Age of Trump.” This event is free and open to all.
Laurence Everett Pope II was the United States Ambassador to Chad from 1993 to 1996 and former US Chargé d’Affaires to Libya. Pope held a number of senior posts in the Department of State. He was the Director for Northern Gulf Affairs (1987–1990), Associate Director for Counter-Terrorism (1991–1993), U.S. Ambassador to Chad (1993–1996), and Political Advisor to General Zinni USMC, Commander-in-Chief of United States Central Command (1997–2000). From October 2012 – January 2013, Ambassador Pope served as the U.S Chargé d’Affaires in Libya, assuming the duties of the late J. Christopher Stevens, the former U.S. Ambassador to Libya. Ambassador Pope retired from the U.S. Foreign Service on October 2, 2000, after 31 years of service. He continues to consult with various institutions and is a respected Arabist. A graduate of Bowdoin College, Pope also had advanced studies at Princeton University and is a graduate of the U.S. Department of State Senior Seminar. He is the author most recently of The Demilitarization of American Diplomacy (Palsgrave MacMillan, 2014). Among his other books are Francois de Callieres: A Political Life (Republic of Letters Publishing, 2010) and Among Heroes: A Marine Corps Rifle Company on Peleliu (Marine Corps University Press, 2011). He speaks Arabic and French, and resides in Portland, Maine.
This presentation is hosted by the Camden Public Library and offered as a free community event in anticipation of the 31st Annual Camden Conference –“New World Disorder and America’s Future,” February 16-18, 2018.