A former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey (2000 – 2003), Ambassador Robert Pearson will address the CFAF on Monday, February 25 on the subject of “Turkey – once a key ally shifts course.”
Ambassador Pearson is President of the nonprofit International Research Exchanges Board (IREX) in Washington, D.C. which he joined in 2008. IREX manages international programs that promote education, independent media, and strong communities. From 2006 to 2008, he headed the international business division of The Spectrum Group in Alexandria, VA.
During his career with the State Department, he served in New Zealand and Taiwan and was a political officer in China. From 1985 to 1987 he was Deputy Executive Secretary of the National Security Council in Washington. He was later Executive Secretary of the State Department; Deputy U.S. Permanent Representative at NATO in Brussels; and Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Paris. As Ambassador in Turkey, he managed U.S interests during two severe domestic economic crises, the war in Afghanistan and the war in neighboring Iraq. His last assignment was as Director of Human Resources of the Foreign Service.
Ambassador Pearson is a graduate of Vanderbilt University. He received his law degree from the University of Virginia and was a member of the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps from 1969 to 1973.