We are pleased to welcome Ambassador Edmund J. Hull to the March 19th Salon, where he will discuss the relationship between democracy promotion abroad and at home. Ambassador Hull is currently involved in the growing effort to secure Statehood for the District of Columbia and full representation in Congress for residents of DC. DACOR members from DC have an obvious stake in its success, and members from Virginia and Maryland significant roles to play through their members of Congress. That effort and those roles will be the focus of the Salon.
This interplay between promotion of democracy and rule of law here and abroad is vital to our understanding of our notion of “a shining city on the hill.” We have yet to implement full democracy, in this case an equitable and inclusive respect for civil, civic, and human rights, in our own society. Ambassador Hull believes that DACOR members bring diverse and important experiences to share around promoting the full implementation of democratic principles at home and abroad.
After 9/11, Edmund J. Hull was sent as ambassador to Yemen, where he served until mid-2004. Previously, he served both Presidents Clinton and Bush as Deputy, then Acting, Coordinator for Counterterrorism in the Department of State. A career foreign service officer, he also served as director for Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Affairs, deputy chief of mission in Embassy Cairo, director for Near East Affairs on the National Security Council, and director for Northern Gulf Affairs (Iraq and Iran) during Operation Desert Storm. A graduate of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, he was appointed its first diplomat-in-residence after departing Yemen. Ambassador Hull has received numerous honors including the CIA’s George H. W. Bush Award for Excellence in Counterterrorism, a Presidential Meritorious Service Award for duty in Yemen and the State Department’s Award for Excellence in the Direction and Management of Overseas Missions for work as Deputy Chief of Mission in Cairo.