KENNEBUNK – Veteran diplomat Ronald E. Neumann, president of the American Academy of Diplomacy, will discuss U.S.-Afghanistan issues at the May 19 public meeting of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO), Maine Chapter.
Formerly a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Neumann served as ambassador to Algeria, Bahrain and finally to Afghanistan. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, he also served in Baghdad with the Coalition Provisional Authority and then as Embassy Baghdad’s liaison with the Multinational Command, where he was deeply involved in coordinating the political aspect of military actions.
Neumann is the author of a memoir, Three Embassies, Four Wars: a personal memoir (2017) and The Other War: Winning and Losing in Afghanistan (Potomac Press, 2009), a book on his time in Afghanistan. He has returned to Afghanistan repeatedly and is the author of a number of monographs, articles, and editorials.
His presentation is expected to explore a variety of topics, such as current U.S. policy goals and strategies in Afghanistan, risks, timelines, the roles of Al-Qaeda and Islamic State, and the consequences of failure.
This is the latest in a series of discussions relating to the importance of intelligence in current public affairs. The AFIO meeting is open to the public, and will begin at 2 p.m. at the Program Center of the Brick Store Museum, 4 Dane St., Kennebunk. A question period will follow the presentation.