“Overcoming Challenges for Small States in International Diplomacy” is the theme of a virtual lecture by Ambassador Ahmed Sareer and hosted by Wilkes University. The event is at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 22. Members of the campus and greater community can access the lecture via Zoom using the link below.
Sareer currently serves as the Director of Asia at the General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), based in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia since Nov. 2018. He is also Head of the Peace, Security and Conflict-Resolution Unit of the OIC General Secretariat, which is focused on promotion of peace and dialogue, mediation efforts and Islamic rapprochement among OIC membership.
Previously he served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives from 1986 to 2018, having served under the administrations of four presidents and seven foreign ministers. Most recently, he served as the Foreign Secretary, a position that was responsible to advise the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the President of the Republic on day-to-day foreign policy matters. During his foreign service career, he has served as Maldives Ambassador to the United States of America, Permanent Representative to the United Nations and High Commissioner to the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.
Sareer holds a bachelor’s degree in social sciences from the University of Canberra, Australia, and a master’s degree in foreign affairs and trade from Monash University, Australia.
The event is presented by Wilkes programs in political science and international relations. In order to access the lecture via Zoom, individuals should use the following link:
Meeting ID: 995 7954 4033; Passcode: 059002