To many people the U.S. Department of State (DOS) is as foreign as the countries in which our embassies are placed. Fortunately, we here at A BETTER PEACE know some people, and on this episode we welcome Alex Avé Lallemant to share his experiences as a career Foreign Service Officer. He joins our own Associate Editor Amanda Cronkhite in this multi-part series to discuss the ins and outs of the State Department. Currently the Consular Section Chief in Harare, Zimbabwe, Alex has served overseas in every one of the State Department’s geographic bureaus, including multiple tours in Afghanistan. That experience makes him the perfect guest to conduct what we’re calling DOS 101.

When people ask, I like to say again that we work for the American people, we do the work of the American people. We advance the American interest overseas and that’s why we’re there and that is more than just being at receptions.

Alex Avé Lallemant is a career Foreign Service Officer that has served overseas in every one of the State Department’s geographic bureaus, including multiple tours in Afghanistan. He is currently the Consular Section Chief in Harare, Zimbabwe. Amanda Cronkhite is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the U.S. Army’s School of Advanced Military Studies and an Associate Editor of the War Room. The views expressed in this presentation are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Army War College, U.S. Army, or Department of Defense.

Photo Credit: Personal Photos of Alex Avé Lallemant

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