September 26, 2012: Global Politics: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Media

Critical Issues Luncheon

The recent upheavals in Syria, Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East have drastically altered the dynamics of that turbulent region. From the day-to-day news accounts, it’s difficult to understand exactly what is happening and how that should shape America’s response. At Leadership Asheville Forum’s September 26th luncheon, Dr. Elizabeth (Liz) Colton, a distinguished diplomat, journalist, educator and author will offer her perspective on the situation. Her topic will be “Global Politics: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Media.” We hope you will join us for this timely and important program.

Dr. Elizabeth Overton Colton is an Asheville native whose career bridges the fields of diplomacy, journalism, scholarship, politics and education. She has worked in more than 100 countries on six continents. Her most recent diplomatic assignment was as a foreign service officer with the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt. Before joining the Foreign Service, she was an Emmy-winning journalist for ABC News and other media, working in the Middle East, Europe, Africa and Asia. She has been a Fulbright Scholar, a university professor and executive editor of 10 newspapers. She holds several degrees, including a Ph.D. in Social Anthrop ology from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her consulting firm, EO Colton & Associates, based in Asheville and Washington, D.C., promotes global collaboration. Dr. Colton currently serves as Adviser and Program Director for the American Committees on Foreign Relations (ACFR).