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About the Event

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosted a discussion about the importance of diplomacy for the common good with Ambassador David Hale,  who joined the Foreign Service in 1984 and holds the rank of Career Ambassador. Diplomats like Ambassador Hale help to deepen relationships with other countries around the world, inform foreign policy, and advance the interests of the United States without the use of force.

About the Speaker

David Hale took the oath of office as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs on August 30, 2018. Previously, he was the Ambassador to Pakistan (2015-18), Ambassador to Lebanon (2013-15), Special Envoy for Middle East Peace (2011-2013), Deputy Special Envoy (2009-11), and Ambassador to Jordan (2005-8). Earlier, he had multiple tours in Jordan and Lebanon and served in Tunisia, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and at the U.S. Mission to the UN. In Washington, Hale was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Israel, Egypt, and the Levant (2008-9) and Director for Israel-Palestinian Affairs (2001-3). He held several staff posts, including Executive Assistant to Secretary of State Albright. Hale joined the Foreign Service in 1984 and holds the rank of Career Ambassador. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award, a Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Service, and several Department Superior and Meritorious Honor awards. He speaks Arabic, is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and a native of New Jersey.

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The Great Debates Series is made possible by a challenge grant from the Stan and Arlene Ginsburg Family Foundation, with the challenge having been met by Council supporters UGI Corporation, AMETEK, Inc., and SEI Private Wealth Management.