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Former U.S. Ambassador Marc Wall is UW Visiting Senior Scholar in Global Studies


May 9, 2013 — Marc Wall, the U.S. Pacific Command’s foreign policy adviser and a former United States ambassador to Chad, is the new Senior Visiting Scholar in Global Studies at the University of Wyoming.

His appointment, which begins during the fall semester, is through UW’s Global Studies Excellence Initiative funded by the Wyoming Excellence in Higher Education Endowment.

Created in 2006 by the Wyoming State Legislature, the endowment brings distinguished scholars and educators to Wyoming. The legislation directed UW to strengthen instruction and research in disciplines related to economic and social challenges facing Wyoming.

“Ambassador Wall brings to the classroom policy expertise and diplomatic experience gained in a career spanning almost four decades as a United States Foreign Service officer,” says Jean Garrison, UW Global and Area Studies director. “This is a unique opportunity for UW students interested in diplomatic, government and overseas careers to learn the art of diplomacy and policy practice from an expert with extensive experience in the field.”

Wall coordinated reconstruction programs in Iraq; managed trade initiatives with Japan, China and Taiwan; and served in posts in Zimbabwe and Côte d'Ivoire. He also directed the economic policy staff in the State Department’s Africa Bureau.

In Washington, D.C., he has been a member of the secretary of state’s policy planning staff and held various positions shaping U.S. policy toward Asia, Africa and international economic organizations. An accomplished diplomat and policy professional, he has taught at Georgetown University, the National Defense University, the City College of New York and George Washington University’s Program for International Studies in Asia.

His fall course will examine the changing security, economic and political landscapes in the pre- and post-Cold War contexts across the regions and issue areas that he covered during his diplomatic career.

Garrison says the course will address questions such as: What has changed and how over time? What tools of foreign policy are most/least effective and why? How has U.S. policy adapted to new types of global and regional conflict, and challenges to human security?

Wall also will play a key role in the Global & Area Studies outreach work, traveling and speaking to individuals and groups in different Wyoming communities.

Wall received his bachelor’s degree with honors in European history at Princeton University (1973), and his Master of Arts at Columbia University’s School of International Affairs (1975). He received a certificate in Chinese studies at the Foreign Service Institute in 1991.

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Ambassador Marc Wall is the new Senior Visiting Scholar in Global Studies at the University of Wyoming.

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