College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering

The first Fulbright Annual Lecture Series was delivered by US Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering.

Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering

The US Role in the Future of the Middle East (Pillars of Hercules to the Hindu Kush)

Event details

Date: Monday 14 May 2012, 5.15pm - 6.15pm

Venue: Business School Auditorium, 29 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh

About the lecturer

Thomas R. Pickering has a distinguished military and state office career. He served in the US Navy and as a US ambassador in six countries, including Russia, India, Israel, and Jordan. He also served as his country’s ambassador to the United Nations. Ambassador Pickering learned the languages of the countries in which he served. He is fluent in French, Spanish, and Swahili and is proficient in Russian, Hebrew, and Arabic.

Ambassador Pickering holds a BA from Bowdoin College, an MALD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a second MA from the University of Melbourne, Australia, where he studied under a Fulbright Scholarship.

In 2012 Ambassador Pickering co-authored a widely circulated article, designed to persuade American citizens that the role of diplomacy was the first resort of kings - and war only the last.

Series overview

This lecture was the second in the 2012 series.

  1. The US & Iran: Challenges and Opportunities;Thursday 10 May 2012 at King's College, London
  2. The US Role in the Future of the Middle East (Pillars of Hercules to the Hindu Kush);Monday 14 May 2012 at the University of Edinburgh
  3. The Decade Ahead: The US Role in the World;Friday 18 May 2012 at Pembroke College, Oxford