JONESBORO – Former U.S. Ambassador James W. Pardew, a Jonesboro native and Arkansas State University alumnus, will speak on the importance of American leadership in the world for the university Lecture-Concert Series at the Cooper Alumni Center Monday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m.
The presentation is based on his experiences in helping to restore peace in the Balkan region of Europe. Those experiences are described in his book, “Peacemakers: American Leadership and the End of Genocide in the Balkans,” published recently by the University Press of Kentucky.
His public lecture at A-State will be followed by a book signing, sponsored by ASU Bookstore. While in Jonesboro he will talk with students at Nettleton High School, where he graduated, Tuesday.
Ambassador Pardew was at the heart of U.S. national policy-making throughout the humanitarian crises in the Balkans, from Richard Holbrooke’s negotiations on Bosnia in 1995 until the independence of Kosovo in 2008. Ambassador Pardew was the primary U.S. negotiator of the Ohrid Agreement in Macedonia. He also led Balkan task forces for the secretaries of defense and state and served as a policy adviser at NATO.
Pardew earned a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from A-State and a commission in the U.S. Army in 1966. The university recognized him as a Distinguished Alumnus in 1996, and the Department of Military Science inducted him into its Hall of Heroes.
He left the Army with the rank of colonel after 27 years as an intelligence officer. Following his service as U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria, Pardew was deputy assistant secretary general for operations on the NATO International staff.
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