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'The U.S. in Mediterranean North Africa: A Diplomat’s Perspective'

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Presented by Palmer Lake Historical Society at Palmer Lake Town Hall, Palmer Lake CO

Jun 20
'The U.S. in Mediterranean North Africa: A Diplomat’s Perspective'

U.S. adventures in Mediterranean North Africa will be profiled in image and word, including early American efforts to defeat the Barbary pirates, North Africa’s essential role during World War II, and the Ambassador’s own experiences working as a diplomat for twelve years at American embassies in that part of the world.

The presentation will detail:

  • Early diplomatic recognition of the fledgling Republic of the United States of
    America by two North African states in the 1770’s;
  • Protection money paid to Barbary Pirates by early U.S. presidents;
  • Thomas Jefferson’s decision to send the U.S. marines to North Africa/Tripoli to
    protect American shipping interests from repeated attacks by Barbary Pirates; and
  • The colorful story of William Eaton–an early US diplomat and Army officer who led
    a rogue attack on the eastern city of Derne, in Libya.

The presentation will also review U.S. and Allied military operations in North Africa during World War II, including Eisenhower’s presence in Algeria; the famous Battle of Kasserine Pass; and the defeat of Rommel’s troops in northern Tunisia – all as a prelude to the Allied landings in Italy, which in turn helped pave the way for the eventual liberation of Western Europe from the Nazis.

Finally, the presentation will link the past with modern American diplomacy, drawing on Ambassador Casey’s personal experiences as a U.S. Diplomat at the American embassies in Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia, where collectively she served a total of 12 years during her 27-year career with the U.S. State Department.

Ambassador Mary Ann Casey is a Middle East specialist with deep area expertise in Arab North Africa, where she served for twelve years as an American diplomat. She was selected by President George H. W. Bush to be his Ambassador to Algeria and later by President Bill Clinton to serve as his Ambassador to Tunisia.

Mary Ann spent more than a decade in Washington D.C. at the State Department, including as Director for North Africa. She conducted global research and analysis for the Secretary of State while with the Bureau of Intelligence and Research and lectured periodically at the Joint Forces Staff College after her retirement. She now chairs the Advisory Board for CU’s International Affairs Program.



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