ASU to Host Former Special Envoy at the Foreign Affairs Speaker Program


SAN ANGELO, TX — Angelo State University will present former U.S. Special Envoy Jeffrey Feltman as the featured speaker for the 2024 E. James Holland-Roy A. Harrell Jr. Foreign Affairs Speakers Program on Wednesday, Feb. 21, in the Houston Harte University Center, 1910 Rosemont Drive.

Feltman's presentation, titled "Shaping Tomorrow: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, the U.S. Role and the Prospects for Peace in the Broader Middle East," will begin at 7 p.m. in the University Center's C.J. Davidson Conference Center and is free and open to the public.

As the first U.S. special envoy for the Horn of Africa, Feltman served in that capacity from April 2021 to January 2022, working to promote peace and stability in that critically important region. Prior to that, he served as the United Nations under-secretary-general for political issues from 2012-18. He was the chief foreign policy advisor to the UN secretary-general, and he frequently briefed the UN Security Council on worldwide peace and security issues.

From 2009-12, Feltman was the U.S. assistant secretary of state for near eastern affairs, which followed his tenure as U.S. ambassador to Lebanon from 2004-08. He also completed assignments as a U.S. Foreign Service officer in Kurdistan, Iraq, Israel, Tunis, Jordan, Austria and Haiti. He is the recipient of two Presidential Service Awards and several State Department Superior Honor awards.

Former U.S. Special Envoy Jeffrey Feltman

Former U.S. Special Envoy Jeffrey Feltman

(Credit: Angelo State University)

Today, Feltman is the John C. Whitehead Visiting Fellow in International Diplomacy at the Brookings Institution and a senior fellow at the UN Foundation, both based in Washington, D.C. He is also on the Board of Advisors to the Dialogue Advisory Group in Amsterdam, on the Advisory Council of the Berghof Foundation in Berlin, and a senior advisor to the European Institute of Peace in Brussels, Belgium. He also sits on the Board of Governors of the Middle East Institute, where he chairs the International Advisory Council, and serves on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Diplomacy.

A native of Greenville, Ohio, Feltman earned his bachelor's degree in history and art from Ball State University and his master's degree in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He also holds an honorary doctorate from Ball State.

While on the ASU campus Feb. 20-21, Feltman will also speak to several classes and meet with various student and faculty groups.

The E. James Holland-Roy A. Harrell Jr. Foreign Affairs Speakers Program is dedicated to providing ASU students and the community with a broader world view and exposing students to potential career opportunities in the Foreign Service. The program is sponsored by the ASU College of Arts and Humanities.

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