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‘Afghanistan and the Future of American Foreign Policy:’ A Conversation with Ambassador P. Michael McKinley

October 27, 2021 at 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Ambassador P. Michael McKinley (Ret.) shares his experience with the U.S. Foreign Service and his thoughts on the current state of American foreign policy. Register

Ambassador P. Michael McKinley (Ret.) served as the U.S. ambassador to Peru (2007-2010), Colombia (2010-2013), Afghanistan (2014-2016) and Brazil (2017-2018). His earlier postings include assignments in the United Kingdom, Mozambique, Uganda and Belgium.

As deputy chief of mission and chargé d’affaires at the U.S. Mission to the European Union (2004-2007), McKinley helped conclude the EU-U.S. accord on transatlantic air travel security and supported the expansion of cooperation on economic and regulatory issues affecting US trade and investment. As deputy assistant secretary in the Bureau of Population, Migration, and Refugees from 2001-2004, in the aftermath of 9/11, McKinley oversaw policy and programming for almost $700 million in annual USG assistance to the refugee resettlement program in the United States and to refugee populations in Africa, Europe and Latin America.

McKinley is a graduate of the University of Southampton and earned his Ph.D. from Oxford University. His book on colonial Venezuelan history is an acclaimed study of the period, and has been published in both English by Cambridge University Press and in Spanish. Raised in Venezuela, Brazil, Mexico, Spain and the United States, McKinley speaks Spanish, Portuguese and French.

This webinar is sponsored by Transatlantic Forum for Education and Diplomacy (TFED), Honors Carolina, UNC’s Department of English and Comparative Literature (ECL), the Carolina Forum for Education and Diplomacy (CFED), and UNC’s Curriculum in Peace, War, and Defense (PWAD).