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Central Africa and International Terrorism

THIS EVENT HAS UNFORTUNATELY BEEN CANCELED!! Please check back with us in the fall for another event that will feature Ambassador Knight. Thank you for your understanding.


The Baker Center presents its highly-anticipated Ashe Lecture of the semester, which will feature former U.S. Ambassador to Chad and Benin James Knight. Ambassador Knight will present a lecture entitled Central Africa and International Terrorism.

Ambassador Knight retired in 2016 from the US Foreign Service as the US Ambassador to Chad. He also served as Ambassador to Benin and Assistant Chief of Mission for US Embassy Baghdad. Ambassador Knight’s earlier assignments included posts in East Africa, Iraq, Angola, Cabo Verde, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Gambia, and Nigeria. He received the Secretary’s Career Achievement Award, multiple Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards and Senior Foreign Service Performance Awards, and the Expeditionary Service Award. Ambassador Knight holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Chicago. He served as an infantry officer in the US Army, including assignments in Germany and Vietnam, where he was awarded the Bronze Star for his combat service. He also worked as an economic development specialist for the US Agency for International Development in Niger and as a software developer in the US private sector. He speaks French and Portuguese.


The event will be held on WednesdayApril 5 at 5:30pm in the Toyota Auditorium.


Event is free and open to the public! Please join us.

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