Après Midi

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Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

 

William Jordan no shadow

William Jordan shared with us “The Secret Life of an American Diplomat in Paris"...what it's like to represent the U.S. in the City of Light, warts and all. He is a Foreign Service diplomat who served for 30 years (1981-2011) as a political officer specializing in the Arab world and France. His overseas assignments included Arab nations as Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Syria, Jordan and Algeria, and his responsibilities included reporting and analyzing foreign policy trends (especially as they related to the United States), as well as internal politics, including the rise of radical Islamist forces.

William spoke past the appointed ending hour of 5 p.m., because we didn’t want to stop hearing about what it’s like from the inside to serve the US as a diplomat here in Paris. He called these the “plum posts.” And in spite of that, many who are transferred here still have a tough time adapting to the French culture and lifestyle in Paris. He stayed on however, now retired and quite happy to be a French resident, traveling for pleasure, rather than for business. But William spends quite a lot of time speaking for the media on the subject of politics and the Middle East: France 24, RFI, BBC and others.
 
In attendance was:
•    Al Stewart
•    Bob O’Neill
•    Catherine Cain
•    Corinne Courivaud
•    Denise Grassart
•    Elaine McCarthy
•    Esther Nathanson
•    Harvey Lawrence
•    Jay van Wagenen
•    John C. O’Connor
•    Kirsten and Jim DeLara
•    Lois and Rob Mandel
•    Lueida Taylor
•    Marcie Mortensson
•    Marilou Pelletier
•    Mary Ellen Gallgher
•    Maureen Miller
•    Nancy Kissock
•    Patricia Evert
•    Patricia Laplante Collins
•    Patricia Wilson
•    Patty Sadauskas
•    Raenette DeCicco
•    Rose Ferguson
•    Sarah Vaughan
•    Shari Ruvkun
•    Steve Petri
•    Tiffany Urness
•    Vanella McCleod
•    Vida Schreibman
•    William Jordan
•    Plus others who did not sign in!

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France