Undersecretary Of State Thomas Shannon Jr. To Speak At Duke

Feb. 1 talk on foreign affairs and diplomacy is free, open to the public

DURHAM, N.C. -- Thomas A. Shannon Jr., undersecretary of state for political affairs, will speak at Duke University on Thursday, Feb. 1. 

Thomas Shannon Jr. His talk, “Buckle Up: Global Foreign Policy Trends and American Diplomacy,” begins at 5 p.m. in the Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room at the Rubenstein Library. The talk is free and open to the public. Parking is available Bryan Center Parking Garage and Visitors' Lot.

The event is part of a speaker series at Duke on the challenges of global governance funded by the Ambassador Dave and Kay Phillips Family International Lectureship.     

Shannon was confirmed as undersecretary of state for political affairs on Feb. 12, 2016, after serving as counselor of the State Department. He is only the seventh Foreign Service officer to hold the position of counselor since World War II, and the first in 32 years.

Shannon served as U.S. ambassador to Brazil from 2010-2013 and assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere Affairs from 2005-2009. He also worked as special assistant to President George W. Bush and senior director for Western Hemisphere Affairs at the National Security Council from 2003-2005. Shannon was deputy assistant secretary of state of Western Hemisphere Affairs from 2002 to 2003.

He joined the Foreign Service in 1984. Previous assignments include Guatemala, South Africa and Venezuela.

Raised in San Diego, California, Shannon received a bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary in 1980, where he majored in government and philosophy, and earned a doctorate in philosophy in 1983 from Oxford University.

Shannon’s talk is hosted by the Duke University Center for International and Global Studies, the Duke University Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the Duke University Program in American Grand Strategy.