Historian and national security consultant Laurence Pope ’67 is a thirty-one year veteran of the US Foreign Service. He is also a recipient of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Distinguished Civilian Service, the highest award given to a civilian by the Pentagon.

In his talk, Ambassador Laurence Pope addresses the potential threats that a new ‘America First’ doctrine pose to our security, and how American foreign policy institutions, militarized by the war on terror and the pressure of nation-building wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, might be reformed to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century.

From 1993 to 1996, Pope was the US ambassador to Chad, where he worked to organize the first presidential election in that country’s history. From 1997 to 2000, he served as political advisor to General Anthony C. Zinni, USMC, at the US Central Command. In 2012, after the assassination of Ambassador Chris Stevens in Benghazi, Libya, he returned briefly to active duty to take charge of the American Embassy in Tripoli.

The event was jointly sponsored by the Department of Government and Legal Studies with support from the John C. Donovan Lecture Fund, along with the Bowdoin Marine Corps Society