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Former Ambassador to Speak at ASU

February 15, 2013

Retired U.S. Ambassador Robert E. Gribbin, who witnessed the horrors of genocide in Rwanda, will be the featured speaker for Angelo State University’s E. James Holland-Roy A. Harrell Jr. Foreign Affairs Speakers Program Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 25-26, on the ASU campus.

Gribbin will present “Where is Africa Going?” on Feb. 25 at 1 p.m.  He will then speak on “Conflict and Terrorism in Africa” at 8 p.m. on Feb. 26.  Both presentations will be in the C.J. Davidson Conference Center in the ASU Houston Harte University Center, 1910 Rosemont Drive, and are open free to the public.  In addition to his public lectures, Gribbin will also speak to ASU classes both Monday and Tuesday.

A career foreign service officer, Gribbin was the U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda from late 1995 to January 1999, and U.S. Ambassador to the Central African Republic from 1992-95.  Before those postings, he completed diplomatic assignments in Bangui, Central African Republic; and Kigali, Rwanda.

Gribbin was also a four-time delegate to the United Nations Human Rights Commission, and twice a delegate to the United Nations General Assembly.  After retirement, he took short-term assignments as chargé d’affaires in Nigeria, Burundi, Djibouti, Chad and Mauritius, as well as other postings in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana and Liberia.  He has also taught at American University and the Foreign Service Institute, and consults with U.S. Special Forces.

In addition to presenting lectures, Gribbin now writes and blogs at www.rwandakenya.blogspot.com.

For more information on the ASU Foreign Affairs Speakers Program, call the College of Arts and Sciences at 325-942-2162.

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