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France's Challenges Following the Charlie Hebdo Attack

May 04, 2015 at 6:00 PM 
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The Citadel Alumni Center
69 Hagood Ave.
Charleston, SC 29403


William Jordan served for 30 years (1981-2011) as a political officer in the U.S. Foreign Service, specializing in the Arab world and France.  His overseas assignments  included  Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Syria,  Jordan and Algeria where he was Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy.  His responsibilities in the Arab world included reporting and analyzing foreign policy trends, especially as they related to the United States, as well as internal politics, including the rise of radical Islamist forces. At the American embassy in Paris, Mr. Jordan reported on labor issues, French internal politics and foreign policy issues, most recently in 2007-2009. 

Since 2011, Mr. Jordan has resided in Paris where he is an independent analyst, appearing frequently on France 24, BBC radio, and Radio France International.  He also lectures on foreign affairs at the French Ecole Militaire and at the Paris campus of New York University.

Mr. Jordan’s foreign languages include Arabic and French. He is a graduate of Dickinson College and received his MA in international relations from Sussex University in the United Kingdom.


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