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Ambassador David Rawson
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Winter 2008


Ambassador David Rawson, former U.S. Ambassador to the Republics of Rwanda (during the genocide) and Mali, is currently Professor of Political Economy at Spring Arbor University and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Political Science at Hillsdale College. Coming from the Quaker tradition, David Rawson has been United States Ambassador to the Republic of Mali from 1996-1999, and to the Republic of Rwanda from 1993 to 1996 (during the genocide).


He joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1971, serving in Rwanda, Mali, Senegal, Madagascar, and Somalia as well as various postings in the United States. A graduate of Malone College (B.A.) and American University (M.A. and PhD), Ambassador Rawson is a long-time student and practitioner of international affairs. Under a grant from the United States Institute for Peace, he is now exploring the Rwandan case in international humanitarian intervention.


He has been Chair of the UN Advisory Group on the West African arms moratorium and consultant to the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa. Ambassador Rawson and his wife Sandra reside on the family farm in Rollin Township, south-central Michigan.


Ambassador Rawson’s speaking schedule for The Cairo Lectures entailed the following :


A lecture at The Al Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies--Title of Lecture: “Dealing Diplomatically with Genocide. ”


The Cairo Lecture at St. John’s Church on January 29, 2008--Title of Lecture: “ Peacekeeping: Christ's Mandate and the Real World”  

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