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Date: Thursday, March 14, 2013
Time: Membership Social at 7:30
Program at 8:00 p.m.

Location: Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm St. (behind the Visitor's Center) Directions and Map
Access: Open to the public and free for members, students and accompanying family members, educators and active military and their dependents. $10.00 charge for non-members.

Susan R. Johnson

Ms. Susan R. Johnson



Two broad themes will be discussed from the perspective of a career diplomat and president of the American Foreign Service. What is the role of diplomacy in an increasingly complex world driven by demographics, technological and information revolutions, globalization and a phenomenal increase in global interaction? How can the United States build an effective diplomatic cadre to serve the twenty first century needs of US diplomacy and to support and advance the global role and responsibilities of the United States?


Susan R. Johnson is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service. Prior to her election as President of the American Foreign Service Association, she served in a number of senior positions including Senior Advisor in the Bureau for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, in Iraq as Senior Advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and in the Office of the High Representative (OHR) in Bosnia and Herzegovina as Deputy High Representative.

Ms. Johnson’s Foreign Service career has integrated traditional bilateral and multilateral diplomatic work with assignments involving program and project management including as DCM in Romania and Mauritius, first Director of the Ambassador’s Assistance Coordination Unit in Embassy Moscow, and first Director of the USAID funded International Executive Service Corps (IESC) in Central Asia, establishing programs in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.

Earlier in her career Ms. Johnson served at the US Mission to the United Nations in New York, and at the US Interests Office in Havana.

In Washington she has served as senior coordinator in the Resources, Plans and Policy Office of the Secretary of State, as Special Assistant in the Office of the Undersecretary for Political Affairs, in the office of Senator Bill Bradley on a Pearson Fellowship, and on detail to the National Endowment for Democracy.

She is an alumnus of the Department’s 45th Senior Seminar, and received the Department’s Deputy Chief of Mission of the Year Award (2001). She speaks French, Italian, Russian and Spanish.

She holds an M.A. degree in International Relations from SAIS and a B.A. in history from Principia College. Her term as AFSA President began on July 15, 2009. She was re-elected to a second term on June 2, 2011.


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Upcoming Programs

April 25, 2013 - International Education - Dr, C.E. "Bud" Peterson, President of Georgia Tech
May 16, 2013 - The Origin of the Two Lefts in Latin America - Dr. Raul Madrid
September 19, 2013 - Brazil On The Rise - The Story of a Country Transformed