2018 Hotchkiss Ambassador Speaker Series

During a two-day program in 2018, Ambassador Neumann gave remarks titled “Role of Diplomacy: What Can Diplomacy Achieve?” and led discussions in five different classes on topics including: diplomacy as a policy tool, diplomacy as a career, anatomy of a revolution, and case studies of Afghanistan, Syria, Algeria and Iran.

News Coverage of the 2018 Hotchkiss Ambassador Speaker Series

Ambassador Ronald E. Neumann Makes a Case for Diplomacy – The Hotchkiss School

Ambassador Neumann Advocates for Diplomacy – The Hotchkiss Record


Amb. Ronald Neumann 

Ambassador (ret.) Ronald E. Neumann is President of the American Academy of Diplomacy, an organization of former senior diplomats dedicated to strengthening American diplomacy. Formerly a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Middle East, Neumann served three times as Ambassador; to Algeria, Bahrain and finally to Afghanistan from July 2005 to April 2007. Much of his early career focused on the Persian Gulf and Arabian Peninsula including service in Iraq (2004-05), working extensively with the military. Since his service in Afghanistan he has returned there frequently and writes and speaks extensively on the subject. He has authored a book on his time in Afghanistan titled The Other War: Winning and Losing in Afghanistan, as well as wrote Three Embassies, Four Wars; A Personal Memoir. In earlier postings he served as Director of the Office for Iran and Iraq, Deputy Chief of Mission in the United Arab Emirates, and in Yemen, and Principal Officer in Tabriz, Iran. In 2018, he received the American Foreign Service Association’s award for Lifetime Contributions to American Diplomacy. He holds a B.A. in history and an M.A. in political science and was an infantry officer in Vietnam (’69-70). He is married to the former M. Elaine Grimm. They have two children.