Afghanistan: On the Eve of Brussels

Dean Vali Nasr invites you to join for a conversation with Ambassador Richard Olson, US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, for a discussion on “Afghanistan: On the eve of Brussels.” The conversation will be moderated by Dr. Daniel Markey, Senior Research Professor in International Relations and Academic Director, Global Policy Program. Ambassador Richard Olson assumed duty as US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (SRAP) on November 17, 2015 after concluding his service as the US Ambassador to Pakistan. Previously, he served as the Coordinating Director for Development and Economic Affairs, at US Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan, from 2011 to 2012 and as US Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates from 2008 to 2011. He is a member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Career Minister. Olson joined the US Department of State in 1982. He has served in Mexico, Uganda, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, the United Arab Emirates, (where he served in Abu Dhabi and Dubai), and in Najaf, Iraq. He was also Deputy Chief of Mission at the United States Mission to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). His Washington assignments include: State Department Operations Center (twice), NATO Desk, the Office of Israel and Palestinian Affairs (twice, including as Director), and the Office of Iraqi Affairs, including as Director. He graduated from Brown University in 1981, receiving an AB in Law and Society (Honors) and History. Olson has been awarded the Presidential Distinguished Service Award, the Secretary of State’s Award for Public Outreach, the State Department’s Superior Honor Award (three times), and the Secretary of Defense’s Exceptional Civilian Service Award (for his service in Iraq). In his spare time, Olson enjoys cycling and hiking.