The World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts is pleased to announce that Ambassador Marc Grossman, former US Special Envoy to Afghanistan & Pakistan, will speak at their annual meeting and dinner on Monday, October 7, 2013 at the Springfield Marriott Hotel, 2 Boland Way in downtown Springfield. The event will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a cash bar reception, and then dinner and the program will start at 6:30 p.m. The event is open to the public and costs $50 per person, which includes dinner. The registration deadline has passed and this event is now full.
Marc Grossman served as the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, the State Department’s third ranking official, until his retirement in 2005 after 29 years in the U.S. Foreign Service. As Under Secretary, he helped marshal diplomatic support for the international response to the attacks of September 11, 2001. He also managed US policies in the Balkans and Colombia and promoted a key expansion of the NATO alliance. As Assistant Secretary for European Affairs, he helped direct NATO’s military campaign in Kosovo and an earlier round of NATO expansion. In Turkey, Ambassador Grossman encouraged vibrant US-Turkish economic relations.
In 2004, Grossman achieved the rank of Career Ambassador, a rare distinction awarded by nomination of the President and confirmation by the United States Senate.
President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Grossman back to service in 2011 to replace the late Richard Holbrooke as US. Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan. He promoted the international effort to support Afghanistan by shaping major international meetings in Istanbul, Bonn, Chicago and Tokyo. He provided US backing for an Afghan peace process designed to end thirty years of conflict and played an important part in restoring US ties with Pakistan.
The topic of the evening will be Afghanistan, Pakistan & More: The Real Story and will be presented in the form of a dialogue between Ambassador Grossman and World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts Past President Ken R. Furst of Wilbraham, who spent time in Kabul, Afghanistan as a guest of Ambassador Ryan Crocker in the spring of 2012 and also served on the board of the World Affairs Councils of America with Ambassador Grossman.
The aim will be to give the audience an opportunity to hear what’s behind the news and what our country faces in this region of the world. Grossman will address the situations in Syria and Egypt as well as Afghanistan and Pakistan.