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The Role of the State Department


With news of cuts to the State Department and diplomatic posts going unfilled, we speak with former diplomats about the role of the State Department in the world today and what reforms may – and may not – be necessary.

Guests:  Larry Pope, former Ambassador to Chad, Political Advisor to General Anthony Zinni in Central Command, and Charge d’Affaires in Tripoli, Libya, in the aftermath of the Benghazi attack. He retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in 2000 after 31 years of service.


Pamela White, former ambassador to Haiti and The Gambia. White, a native of Auburn, graduated from the University of Maine in 1971 with a degree in journalism and began a decades-long career in public service across the globe.