LSE public lecture
Date: Monday 4 February 2008
Venue: Shaw Library, 6th floor, Old Building
Speaker: Ambassador Charles Ries
Chair: Yahia Said
In his lecture, Ambassador Ries, will discuss the United States' strategy for economic engagement with Iraq. He will highlight U.S. strategic priorities and examine how the Iraqis and their international partners can best approach economic development processes in coming years with an aim to promoting private sector-led, diversified economic growth that helps re-integrate Iraq into the international economic system.
Ambassador Charles Ries serves as the Economics Minister and Coordinator for Economic Transition in Iraq at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. He is responsible for oversight and coordination of assistance and economic policy initiatives. Between December 2004 and June 2007, Ries served as U.S. Ambassador to Greece. Ambassador Ries was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs between April 2000 and June 2004. In this capacity, he was responsible for the U.S.-European Union relationship; economics, public diplomacy and management operations for the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs.
In earlier assignments, Mr. Ries served as Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in London (1996-2000) and Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs at the U.S. Mission to the European Union (1992-1996). From 1990 to 1992 he was detailed to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative as Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for North American Affairs and served as a member of the NAFTA negotiating team. Since joining the Foreign Service in 1977, he also served as a special assistant and executive assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Economic Affairs, in the Energy Policy Office, in the Office of the Counselor of the Department, and at U.S. Embassies in Ankara and Santo Domingo.
This event is free and open to all however a ticket is required. The ticket request line is now closed as all tickets have been allocated.
Any applicants who were unsuccessful in their ticket request will be advised as soon as possible. Tickets to successful applicants will be dispatched by Thursday 31 January 2008.
If you have not been successful in requesting a ticket then please see below for details of returns queue.
There will be a returns queue in operation for the Shaw Library. Shortly before the event starts we will fill any empty seats left by ticket holders with people from the returns queue. The returns queue will be located on the sixth floor of LSE Old Building, near the Shaw Library. Entry is not guaranteed to this event via the returns queue.
Media queries: please contact the Press Office if you would like to reserve a press seat or have a media query about this event, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A copy of Ambassador Ries's speech is now available to download:
Download: International Economic Engagement with Iraq for 2008 and Beyond: a strategy for private sector-led diversified growth (pdf)