How do energy, economic and demographic factors affect US foreign policy decision-making as they relate to America’s relations in the Middle East and especially the Israel-Palestinian conflict, Iran and its nuclear challenges as well as their roles within the US government’s inter-agency policy making process?

The Speakers

Molly WilliamsonU.S. Ambassador to Lithuania 2009 – 2012 and to Azerbaijan 2006 – 2009
Molly Williamson, a former Foreign Service Officer with the rank of Career Minister, is an expert on energy, economic and demographic factors affecting foreign policy formulation, US-Middle East relations, especially the Israel-Palestine conflict, Iran and nuclear challenges, and the inter-agency process. She is currently a scholar with the Middle East Institute and a frequent guest lecturer at Johns Hopkins University, American Committees on Foreign Relations, World Affairs Councils, and National Joint Staff College. Williamson was the Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to the Secretary of Energy (2005-2008), with global responsibilities at the nexus of foreign policy and energy policy. As Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce (1999-2004), she was responsible for the Middle East, South Asia, Oceania and Africa, advancing trade relations with 86 countries with a trade portfolio valued at over $120 billion/year. Previously she was Principal Deputy, then Acting Assistant Secretary of State, International Organizations Bureau, responsible for the policy and programs affecting UN political and Security Council matters, peacekeeping and humanitarian operations. As Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Williamson was responsible for the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia. Earlier, she was interim ambassador to Bahrain and Chief of Mission and Consul General in Jerusalem during the Madrid Peace Process (1991-93) which culminated in the Oslo Accords. Williamson has been trained in both Hebrew and Arabic and has received numerous awards, including two Presidential Meritorious Service Awards, the Secretary of Energy’s Exceptional Service Award, Secretary of Commerce Performance Award, the Secretary of Defense’ Service Award, and 14 awards from the Department of State.


St. John’s College, Junior Commons Room. On Febuary 9, 2013, from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm

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