Ambassador (Retired) Eunice Reddick made her second trip to the Kansas City area, April 22-26, as the CGSC Foundation’s DACOR Visiting Professor of Diplomacy for academic year 2019. She previously visited CGSC in December 2018.
During this visit Ambassador Reddick shared her expertise as a senior diplomat and her experiences as a U.S. representative in both Asia and Africa. She discussed a variety of topics in multiple forums ranging from career opportunities as a Foreign Service officer, to foreign policy development and execution, and to practicing the skill and art of diplomacy. She also specifically discussed U.S. relations with China and the challenges the nation faces and the many programs, opportunities and challenges across the continent of Africa. Her visit included interaction and presentations with students and faculty at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the University of St. Mary, Park University, and with civic leaders from the greater Kansas City area.
Highlights included a presentation to undergraduates at USM in the “Women in World History” course on the morning of April 23, where she discussed the experiences of women in the countries where she served and various State Department programs that address women’s issues globally. She also took the opportunity to discuss job opportunities with the Department of State and career opportunities as Foreign Service officer.
At mid-day on April 23 Ambassador Reddick participated in Park University’s annual Student Research and Creative Arts Symposium where she served as a discussant and shared her expertise on a panel with undergraduates who presented their research on various topics related to U.S. – China relations. She also spoke on the topic of U.S. – East Asian Policy at a luncheon roundtable comprised of Park University students, faculty, and administrators, as well as faculty from Northwest Missouri State University, William Jewell College and the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Reddick spent the next two days at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College where she guest lectured in six different CGSOC elective classes, discussing topics that included the duties and roles of an Ambassador, national security policy formulation, and strategic initiatives in Africa.
The CGSC Foundation DACOR Visiting Professor of Diplomacy is a program designed to bring recently retired senior national security officials to Fort Leavenworth to enhance the curriculum at CGSC and to allow for interaction by the senior government officials with area universities and the general populace. The program is a CGSC Foundation partnership with the Diplomatic and Consular Officers, Retired, Inc. (DACOR) organization located in Washington D.C. and is sponsored locally by the Lawrence D. Starr Center for Peace and Justice at the University of St. Mary, Park University, and the University of Kansas.
Biography – Ambassador (Retired) Eunice Reddick
Ambassador Reddick is an accomplished American diplomat with extensive experience shaping U.S. policy on Africa and Asia. She served as the U.S. Ambassador to Niger from 2014 to 2017, leading an Embassy team in advancing U.S. interests in working with Niger to increase economic growth, to counter violent extremism in the Sahel region, and to build democratic institutions. Prior to her assignment as the ambassador to Niger, Reddick served as the Director of the Office of West African Affairs at the Department of State from 2011 to 2013, and as the Diplomat in Residence at Howard University from 2010 to 2011. She also served as the U.S. Ambassador to Gabon and Sao Tome and Principe, the Director or the Office of East African Affairs, and the Director of the Office of Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore Affairs, as well as multiple other assignments throughout Asia and Africa. Ambassador Reddick holds a B.A. in history and literature from New York University, and a Masters in international affairs from Columbia University’s School of International Affairs. She currently serves as an expert on Africa and Asia and a mentor to those interested in careers in international affairs.