Former U.S. Ambassador to Speak at Park University on U.S. Impact on NATO-Russia Relations

March 12, 2018 — Patrick Moon, who served as U.S. ambassador/chief of mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina from 2010 to 2013, will present a discussion on “NATO – Russia Relations: From the Cold War to Current Challenges” at Park University on Wednesday, April 4, starting at 6:30 p.m. Admission to the event, which will take place in the Jenkin and Barbara David Theater inside Alumni Hall on the University’s Parkville Campus, is free and open to the public.

Moon’s talk will focus on NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) enlargement going back to the early 1990s and current Russian relations with NATO. The topic is of importance due to the complex security and economic issues the U.S. has with Russia and NATO member nations.

While serving as U.S. ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Moon focused multiagency efforts on three core objectives: youth leadership development, women’s empowerment and economic development, and he led efforts by the international community to integrate Bosnia into NATO and the European Union. Following his time as ambassador, Moon served as the civilian deputy to the commander of U.S. European Command in Germany from 2013 to 2105. In that position, Moon provided political military advice to the commander, the military deputy and other senior leaders.

Prior to becoming ambassador, Moon served in several senior positions dealing with U.S. policies toward Afghanistan and the South Asian region at the Department of State from 2004 to 2010, including positions as deputy assistant secretary of state for Afghanistan and principal deputy assistant secretary of state for south and central Asia. In addition, he served as deputy chief of mission in Croatia from 2001 to 2004, overseeing the completion of and move into a new embassy building and directing the day-to-day activities of the multiagency mission, as well as Croatia’s recovery from the wars in the Balkans in the 1990s.

Moon began his career in foreign service in Lebanon during the long-running civil war, and later served at the U.S. Consulate in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo). He also worked in the State Department’s European Bureau, responsible for the management of nuclear issues at NATO and participating as a member of the U.S. arms control delegation for the treaty on Intermediate Nuclear Forces. He also served as executive secretary of the U.S. delegation for the Strategic Nuclear Forces Treaty and he was on the U.S. delegation for the 23-nation negotiation of the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe Treaty.

A U.S. Air Force officer for more than six years, Moon earned a Master of Arts degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy.

The Arthur D. Simons Center for Interagency Cooperation, a program of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College Foundation at Fort Leavenworth (Kan.), and the International Relations Council are partnering with Park University to present this event.

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