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 back Alex Avé Lallemant to share his experiences as a career Foreign Service Officer. For this second installment in the series he once again joins our own Associate Editor Amanda Cronkhite 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.

The Department of Defense sees great power and plans for great power competition in terms of actual conflict, and I think our whole mission at the State Department in terms of great power competition is how to advance our goals and win without that conflict.

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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