U.S. Ambassador to Give Lecture on Impact of Foreign Policy on Presidential Race

U.S. Ambassador Joseph Mussomeli RLAW ’78 will give a free, public lecture on the impact of foreign policy on the current presidential race, from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 12.


Rutgers-Camden alumnus Jeffrey I. Baron

Mussomeli’s talk, “The Presidential Campaign and Foreign Policy: Tough Talk is Easy (and Essential),” is the eighth annual presentation in the Jacob Abraham and Mildred Amelia Baron Lecture Series, established by Rutgers-Camden alumnus Jeffrey I. Baron as part of the Jacob Abraham and Mildred Amelia Baron Fund to provide academic enrichment to undergraduate students in political science in the Camden College of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers–Camden.

Mussomeli served as ambassador to the Republic of Slovenia from November 2010 to January 2015, and formerly ambassador of the Royal Kingdom of Cambodia from June 2005 to August 2008, and assistant chief of mission in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Mussomeli entered the U.S. Foreign Service in September 1980 and began his career as a general service officer in Cairo. He subsequently served in numerous posts, including as a consular officer in Manila, Philippines; North Korea desk officer; senior watch officer; economic counselor in Colombo, Sri Lanka; Office of the Inspector General inspector; political counselor in Rabat, Morocco; deputy chief of mission in Manama, Bahrain; member of the senior seminar; and deputy chief of mission in the Philippines.

Mussomeli received the Presidential Distinguished Service Award, as well as the Raphel Award from the United States Department of State for developing and mentoring his staff.

Born in New York City, Mussomeli attended Rutgers University–New Brunswick for two years before working as an upholsterer and taking time off to hitchhike around Europe for several months. He later attended Trenton State College and graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1975. In 1978, he earned a juris doctor from Rutgers Law School.

Registration is required. For more information or to register, visit polisci.camden.rutgers.edu/baron-awards-rsvp.

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