Former ambassador to Egypt speaks at Vanderbilt Feb. 1


Margaret Scobey (Chad J. McNeeley/Department of Defense)

Margaret Scobey, former U.S. ambassador to Egypt, will speak Feb. 1 at Vanderbilt University on “Egypt and the Arab Spring.”

Scobey, a career foreign service officer, served as the ambassador to Egypt from 2008 to 2011. Prior to that she was ambassador to Syria. She will speak at 4:10 p.m. in Room 101 of Buttrick Hall.

The speech is free and open to the public.

The Arab Spring is a series of demonstrations and protests in the Arab world beginning in 2010 that has included revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia, the fall of the Libyan government and civil uprisings in Bahrain, Syria and Yemen.

Scobey, a native of Memphis and graduate of the University of Tennessee, is currently the deputy commandant and international affairs adviser at the National Defense University in Washington. Her talk is sponsored by the history and political science departments at Vanderbilt.



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