Race and foreign policy professions
SpeakerAmbassador Harry K. Thomas, Jr.
Date & Time
LocationThis is a Virtual Event.
Understanding how race intersects with public policy has never been more important. This requires examining the racial foundations of public policy in the United States—the focus of an inaugural series convened by the Center for Racial Justice (CRJ) this fall—and how race impacts policy choices and consequences at the global level. This winter, the CRJ is partnering with the International Policy Center and Weiser Diplomacy Center to host a series on race in international relations. The series will explore topics including the role of race in the development of the international relations discipline, the racial dimensions of international governance interventions, and the growth of a transnational BLM advocacy network.
Ambassador Harry K. Thomas Jr. is a senior fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and a senior strategic engagement leader at Special Operations Command. He served as U.S. Ambassador to Zimbabwe (2016-2018), the Philippines (2010-2013) and Bangladesh (2003-2005). He retired in March 2018 with the rank of Career Minister after more than three decades in the Foreign Service. Ambassador Thomas also served as executive secretary and special assistant to Secretary Rice, director general of the Foreign Service, director for South Asia at the National Security Council and director of the Operations Center. Ambassador Thomas speaks Spanish, Hindi, and Bangla. He is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and holds a master’s degree from Columbia University. He was the commencement speaker at Holy Cross and Loyola University. He is a trustee of the College of the Holy Cross, the American Academy of Diplomacy, Care for the Homeless and chairperson of Winter4Kids, and is a former Northern Virginia Swimming Official.