Ambassador Patrick Duddy to Speak at Husson University

Date of Release: September 15, 2011

Retired Ambassador Patrick Duddy will speak at Husson University on Wednesday, October 5, at 7 p.m. in the Gracie Theatre. The title of his presentation is "Is the Monroe Doctrine Still Relevant - Adapting U.S. Policy to a New Reality."

Ambassador Duddy is one of the Department of State's most senior Latin American specialists with exceptionally broad experience in trade, energy, public affairs and crisis management. He most-recently served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela where he oversaw one of the most complex political, economic and public diplomacy portfolios in the Western Hemisphere. He was the chief architect of the U.S. strategy to promote American interests in Venezuela and acted to steward of one of the United States' most important energy relationships. He also served as the lead spokesman in a nationwide public diplomacy effort to preserve strong people to people ties between the two countries while directing a staff of nearly four hundred professionals representing ten U.S. government agencies.

Prior to his assignment to Venezuela, Ambassador Duddy served as Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) of State for the Western Hemisphere. In this capacity he was directly responsible for the Office of Economic Policy and Summit Coordination, which included the hemispheric energy portfolio, as well of the Offices of Brazil/ Southern Cone Affairs and of Caribbean Affairs. During his tenure at DAS, he played a lead role in coordinating U.S. support for the restoration of democracy in Haiti. This involved coordination with the Interim government of Haiti as well as with the United Nations and the international donor community. Later, he played a similar role in the efforts, which led to a bio-fuels agreement between Brazil and the United States. At the same time, following the establishment of the position of National Director for Foreign Assistance, he served as the first Western Hemisphere DAS for foreign assistance.

A career member of the Senior Foreign Service holding the personal rank of Minister Counselor, Ambassador Duddy has also served as U.S. Consul General in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Chargé d'Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia and in a variety of senior positions around the hemisphere and in Washington, including Deputy Chief of Mission in La Paz, Bolivia, Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Panama as well as a member of the U.S. delegations to Paraguay, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic and Chile.

Originally of Bangor, Maine, Duddy received his undergraduate degree from Colby College and a master's degree from Northeastern University. He is also a graduate of the National War College where he received a master's degree in National Security Strategy.

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