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Chas W. Freeman Jr.



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Monday, December 11, 2017, 6 pm, The Worcester Club 



The Middle East in the New World Disorder



Chas W. Freeman Jr.


Senior Fellow, Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University; and Chairman of the Board, Committee for the Republic

Ambassador Freeman was assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs (1993-94), earning the highest public service awards of the Department of Defense for his roles in designing a NATO-centered post–Cold War European security system and in reestablishing defense and military relations with China. He was U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia (1989–92) during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Earlier, as principal deputy assistant secretary of state for African affairs (1986–89) he played a key role in mediating Cuban troop withdrawal from Angola and Namibian independence from South Africa.

Ambassador Freeman served as deputy chief of mission and chargé d’affaires in the American embassies at both Bangkok (1984–1986) and Beijing (1981–1984). He was director for Chinese affairs at the Department of State from 1979 to 1981 and the principal American interpreter during the late president Richard Nixon’s path-breaking visit to China in 1972. In addition to his Middle Eastern, African, East Asian, and European diplomatic experience, he served in India, where he began his diplomatic career.

Chas Freeman studied at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and earned a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Yale University as well as a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He is the recipient of numerous high honors and awards and the author of The Diplomat’s Dictionary (2nd Ed., 2010), Arts of Power: Statecraft and Diplomacy (1997), America’s Misadventures in the Middle East (2010), Interesting Times: China, America, and the Shifting Balance of Prestige (2012), and America's Continuing Misadventures in the Middle East (2016).

Ambassador Freeman is chairman of the board of Projects International, Inc. and of the Committee for the Republic. From the mid-1990s through 2008, he served concurrently as co-chair of the United States-China Policy Foundation, president of the Middle East Policy Council, and vice chair of the Atlantic Council of the United States.


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