This Month’s Speaker: Neal Walsh

Neal Walsh photo 2-5-15The Women’s Forum welcomes Cornelius C. (“Neal”) Walsh, a retired diplomat who has spent the past several decades engaged in U.S./African relations and policy, to speak on “Africa and the U.S.: What’s Right? What’s Wrong?” at the Litchfield Community Center on Thursday, February 5, beginning at 7:00pm.

In his forty years as an American diplomat, Cornelius C. (“Neal”) Walsh alternated between Europe and Africa. His seven years in Poland spanned the Communist era, Pope John Paul II’s election while Consul in Krakow, and the post-communist “round table” constitutional talks. He was spokesman for the U.S. Mission in Germany during reunification and served four years with the U.S. Mission to the World Trade Organization and the United Nations in Geneva. In addition to postings in Zaire, Botswana, and Cameroon, he was Deputy Area Director for Africa at the United States Information Agency. He finished his career at the Department of State as Deputy Executive Secretary and Senior Adviser for Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy.

Since retirement, Mr. Walsh taught at the Department’s Foreign Service Institute and developed and managed declassification programs at the Departments of State and Energy and the Gerald Ford Presidential Library. He has been a “spare part” at various Embassies, including Acting Deputy Chief of Mission in post-coup Mauretania 2008-’09, Public Affairs Officer in Burkina Faso and Chad, and other positions in Rwanda, Zambia, and Kenya. He recently returned from a two month assignment in Melbourne, Australia, as Acting Consul General.

Mr. Walsh graduated from Syracuse University with a BS in Russian Studies and from the National War College with a Masters in National Security Studies. He speaks Polish, French, and German and has received the standard Departmental awards beloved and understood only by serious bureaucrats.

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