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Thomas R. Pickering, former U.S. ambassador to the Russian Federation, India, Israel, El Salvador, Nigeria, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the United Nations, will visit UNC-Chapel Hill on Thursday, March 27. During his visit, he will deliver remarks on “The U.S. and the European Union: Dealing with Iran and Syria” at 5:30 p.m. in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium at the FedEx Global Education Center.

Following his remarks, Ambassador Pickering will participate in a roundtable discussion with Ambassador David Litt, former U.S. ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, and Klaus Larres, Richard M. Krasno Distinguished Professor of History at UNC.

Ambassador Pickering’s visit to UNC is in conjunction with the Ambassadors Forum, which brings to campus prominent diplomats, politicians and business leaders to deliver public lectures and conduct seminars for graduate students. Students have the opportunity to engage first-hand with international leaders and obtain insights into the practical application of their study of history, political science, European studies and international relations. The forum is organized by the Richard M. Krasno Distinguished Professorship in the Department of History, the Center for European Studies and the College of Arts and Sciences.

The Honorable Thomas R. Pickering is currently vice chairman at Hills and Company which provides advice and counsel to a number of major U.S. enterprises. He holds the personal rank of career ambassador, the highest in the U.S. Foreign Service.

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March 24, 2014.