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Johns Hopkins SAIS to host “A Conversation with Ambassador Harry K. Thomas Jr.” on July 16


Johns Hopkins SAIS will host “A Conversation with Ambassador Harry K. Thomas Jr.” on Thursday, July 16. The webinar, presented by Johns Hopkins SAIS Dean Eliot A. Cohen, will focus on race relations around the world, the coronavirus pandemic, and other global events. Thomas is a former U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines, Zimbabwe, and Bangladesh. 
Ambassador Thomas will join Dean Cohen to discuss the challenges and opportunities of being a U.S. diplomat and an African-American living abroad. He will also touch on the need for increased diversity at the U.S. State Department and bureaus in regions such as the Middle East, Europe, and Asia. 


Ambassador Harry K. Thomas Jr.
Senior Fellow, Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, Yale University
Senior Strategic Engagement Leader, U. S. Special Operations Command


Eliot A. Cohen
Dean, Johns Hopkins SAIS
Time and Date
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Thursday, July 16, 2020


This webinar is open to the public and media, with registration.
Media Contact
Miji Bell
Director of Communications and Media Relations
Johns Hopkins SAIS
+1 (202) 587-3205
Jason Lucas
Communications Manager
Johns Hopkins SAIS
+1 (202) 663-5620 

About the Speaker

Ambassador Harry K. Thomas Jr. is a Senior Fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and a Senior Strategic Engagement Leader at the U.S. Special Operations Command. Thomas served as ambassador to Zimbabwe (2016-2018), the Philippines (2010-2013) and Bangladesh (2003-2005). He retired in March 2018 with the rank of Career Minister after more than three decades in the Foreign Service. Ambassador Thomas also served as Executive Secretary and Special Assistant to Secretary Rice, Director General of the Foreign Service, Director for South Asia at the National Security Council, and Director of the Operations Center. 
Ambassador Thomas is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross, holds a master’s degree from Columbia University, and has served as commencement speaker at Holy Cross and Loyola University. He speaks Spanish, Hindi, and Bangla. Additionally, he is a trustee of the College of the Holy Cross, the American Academy of Diplomacy, Care for the Homeless, and chairperson of Winter4Kids. 

Johns Hopkins SAIS

A division of Johns Hopkins University, the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is a global institution that offers students an international perspective on today's critical issues. For 75 years, Johns Hopkins SAIS has produced great leaders, thinkers, and practitioners of international relations. Public leaders and private sector executives alike seek the counsel of the faculty, whose ideas and research inform and shape policy. Johns Hopkins SAIS offers a global perspective across three campus locations: Bologna, Italy; Nanjing, China; and Washington, D.C. The school's interdisciplinary curriculum is strongly rooted in the study of international economics, international relations, and regional studies, preparing students to address multifaceted challenges in the world today. 
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Friday, July 10, 2020