Former Ambassador to Egypt Frank Wisner at WCSU

Veteran U.S. diplomat and international affairs consultant Frank G. Wisner, whose 36-year career in the State Department included service as U.S. ambassador to Egypt, delivered a public lecture April 19, 2012, at Western.

Wisner offered “Perspectives on Israel and Palestine“ in the lecture and discussion in the Science Building. The talk was presented by the WCSU Honors Program.

A career diplomat with extensive experience in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, Wisner served as U.S. ambassador to Egypt from 1986 to 1991. His experience in dealing with the regime of President Hosni Mubarak and other political and business leaders in Egypt led the Obama administration to request Wisner to visit Cairo during popular protests in early 2011 to convey White House views on the crisis directly to Mubarak.

In addition to his Egypt posting, Wisner represented the United States in ambassadorial assignments to Zambia from 1979 to 1982, the Philippines from 1991 to 1992, and India from 1994 to 1997. During a career that spanned eight presidencies before his retirement in 1997, he held various government positions including deputy executive secretary in the State Department in 1977, senior deputy assistant secretary of state for African affairs from 1982 to 1986, undersecretary of state for international security affairs from 1992 to 1993, and undersecretary of defense for policy from 1993 to 1994. In December 2005, then-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice appointed Wisner as her special representative to the Kosovo Status Talks.

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