Ambassador Ronald Weiser (Ambassador to Slovakia, 2001-2005) and Mrs. Eileen Weiser donated $50 million to the University of Michigan. The gift includes $25 million designated to the Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies. The Weisers' interest in the study of emerging democracies deepened when Ambassador Weiser served in Slovakia, a country that faced considerable challenges in its transition to a democracy.
On February 4, Ambassador Charles Stith (Ambassador to Tanzania, 1998-2001) will celebrate the release of his book, African Americans in US Foreign Policy: From the Era of Frederick Douglass to the Age of Obama, at a reception at the State Department.
On December 4, Ambassador Jim Rosapepe (Ambassador to Romania, 1998-2001) and his wife, journalist Sheilah Kast, will launch the new edition of their book, Dracula is Dead: Travels in Post-Communist Romania, at the Embassy of Romania in Washington, DC.
Ambassador Richard Morningstar (Ambassador to Azerbaijan, 2012-present; Special Envoy for Eurasian Energy, 2009-2012; Ambassador to the European Union, 1999-2001) was named Founding Director of the Atlantic Council’s new Global Energy Center.
We are saddened to announce the passing of Council member David M. Abshire. Ambassador Abshire, who served as a Vice Chairman as well as a Director of our Council until 2012, was the United States Ambassador to NATO from 1983 to 1987.