William Jordan – Retired U.S. Foreign Service Officer
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Overseas Americans are Citizens, too: Why Changing Washington’s Opinion of Overseas Americans Matters
William Jordan is a retired U.S. diplomat who has lived outside of the U.S. for 27 of the past 39 years. He was in the Foreign Service for 30 years (1981-2011) as a political officer specializing in the Arab world and France. His overseas assignments included Arab nations such 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.
This discussion will be devoted to what the real issues Americans face living overseas and how and why they are treated unfairly or not from the US government’s point of view. It promises to be enlightening and informative.
If you watch France24, the national news channel that broadcasts in French, English and Arabic, then you may have seen him comment on these issues. He’s also the ‘man in the know’ for BBC Radio, Radio France International and lectures on foreign affairs at the French Ecole Militaire and at the Paris campus of New York University. Since May 2020, William has been president of the Association of Americans Resident Overseas. In addition to that, he has joined the board of the St. Petersburg (Florida, not Russia) Conference on World Affairs. He’s one of those Americans in Paris who has made important contributions to our lives and of whom we, as Americans, are unduly proud.
Thanks to AARO and William Jordan, William will make a special AARO membership offer during his presentation!
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