Ambassador Mary Ann Peters: Women in International Security

Ambassador (ret.) Mary Ann Peters is the Provost of the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, RI. The U.S. Naval War College seeks to educate and develop new leaders, support defining the future navy and associated goals and missions, support combat readiness, and strengthen global maritime partnerships. In recent years, The Naval War College has placed increased emphasis on leadership development targeted for female Naval officers, an initiative of high priority for Ambassador Peters.    She spent more than 30 years as a career diplomat, serving in Bangladesh (as Ambassador), Canada, Bulgaria, the former Soviet Union, Burma (as the last Consul in Mandalay) and Germany. Ambassador Peters’ Washington assignments included Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Canadian Affairs and Director for European and Canadian Affairs at the National Security Council (NSC). At the NSC, Ambassador Peters worked on the search for peace in Northern Ireland.

Ambassador Peters will speak to the delegates at the Closing Ceremony of the Institute on gender and leadership in post conflict settings. She will share unique insights into the links between peace and security, and what this means for leaders.

Of her role as an Ambassador in Bangladesh, Peters remarked, “Serving overseas enables me to gain a deeper appreciation for the United States – it is a tremendous honor to represent our great country.  September 11 and its aftermath provided many of us, including those of us working in embassies abroad, with an enormous job to do for our country. We realized very suddenly and dramatically that we needed to do more to explain ourselves and our values to the many who have never visited the United States or thought much about the true nature of our society. We have long recognized that the promotion of democratic values abroad contributes in the long run to the interests, including the security interests, of the United States. But now we are even more aware of how vital is it to build bridges between our country and other countries in the world, including Muslim societies.”

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