Blueprints for a More Modern US Diplomatic Service

Ambassador Michael C. Polt

Topic: Blueprints for a More Modern US Diplomatic Service
Date: Tuesday, December 12, 2023
Place: Irondequoit Country Club: 4045 East Ave. [14618]
Time: 6:00 Cocktails; 7:00 Dinner; 8:00 Speaker Presentation followed by Q and A
Cost: $55 per person, buffet style. Cash Bar
Dinner
: Buffet style – 2 protein options, 1 vegetarian option

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Diplomacy is defined as the art and science of maintaining peaceful relationships between nations, groups, or individuals. Diplomats are part of the State Department’s “Foreign Service” – a career like no other. It is much more than a job; it is a uniquely demanding and rewarding way of life. But how much does the public really know about diplomacy? Who are our diplomats who represent and further the interests and policies of the United States, while serving abroad? And, how are they doing…how effective is our foreign service? This recent study has led to a rethink and a plan to retool some of our traditional diplomacy.

Ambassador Polt has had a long and distinguished career as a United States diplomat, serving in several countries, including Germany, Mexico, and Denmark. He has also held multiple prominent positions at the State Department in Washington – and ultimately, as U.S. Ambassador to Estonia, and to Serbia and Montenegro. Born in Austria, he holds degrees from the University of Tennessee, and the American International College and has received multiple honors and awards, including the Presidential Meritorious Service Award. Protecting American interests and citizens in far-flung places may seem dramatic and exciting …but for much of the time, diplomats are in a 24/7 job where their expertise, savvy and understanding of their foreign locale and its relationship with the U.S. are constantly in demand, and often challenged. We look forward to Ambassador Polt’s presentation about the vast and ever changing world of diplomacy and how our State Department is paying attention to some of our failures.

Save the Dates

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