Understanding Our New World - A Conversation with Elizabeth Shackelford, senior fellow, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Elizabeth Shackelford, an author, former diplomat, and senior fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, will join the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute for a virtual conversation at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 19.
Shackelford and Institute Director John Shaw will discuss Shackelford’s career as a diplomat, which ended in 2017 when she resigned from the U.S. State Department in protest of President Donald Trump’s policies. They will also talk about her book, “The Dissent Channel: American Diplomacy in a Dishonest Age,” and her advocacy for diplomacy over military force in U.S. foreign policy.
Shackelford was a decorated career diplomat with the State Department, having worked in Poland, Kenya, South Sudan, Somalia, and Washington, D.C. She received the prestigious Barbara Watson Award for Consular Excellence for her work in South Sudan. Her 2017 resignation letter to then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson gained nationwide attention for its pointed criticisms of the Trump administration’s approach to diplomacy.
She later joined the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft as a nonresident fellow, conducting research on the costs of militarization of U.S. foreign policy. She joined is now a senior fellow on U.S. foreign policy at Chicago Council on Global Affairs, where she works to build awareness of the “restraint” approach to foreign policy.
This event is part of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute’s Understanding Our New World virtual conversation series with government and private sector leaders, policy experts, political analysts, authors, and journalists.
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