FEBRUARY DEFENSE INTEL FORUM_ Dr, Elizabeth Colton
On Tuesday 18 February a group of 26 Alumni, their guests and members of other intelligence organizations gathered to hear Dr. Elizabeth Colton speak from her vast experiences as a diplomat and journalist on Middle East issues, especially as relating to US foreign policy. She focused her remarks on the interconnectionofthemedia,diplomacyandforeignpolicy. For the media to cover these areas properly, she pointed out that journalists need to sift through their sources and seek the truth, but to avoid becoming pundits. She also acknowledged that there are a number of domestic issues impacting the conduct of American Foreign Policy. In addition to the normal bi- partisan disagreements she agrees the American populace has little or no interest in a “Grand US Strategy” and that this apathy has an influence on US foreign policy decisions.
Bio: Dr. Elizabeth (Liz) Overton Colton's career bridges the fields of diplomacy, journalism, scholarship, politics, and education. She has worked in more than 100 countries on six continents. Her most recent diplomatic assignment was as a foreign service officer at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt. Before joining the Foreign Service, she was an Emmy-winning journalist for ABC News and other media, including NPR, NBC News, and Newsweek, working in the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Asia, and covering foreign policy in Washington, D.C. She has been a Fulbright Scholar, a university professor, a MacArthur Fellow in Globalization Studies, a Knight International Journalism Fellow, a UN development planner, and a Peace Corps Volunteer. She holds a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics & Political Science, masters degrees from Vanderbilt University, and a B.A. from Randolph-Macon Woman's College. Her consulting firm, EO Colton & Associates, promotes global collaboration in diplomacy, politics, education and news media. Currently, she is Adviser/Program Director for the American Committees on Foreign Relations and incoming CEO at the Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations. Dr. Colton speaks worldwide on Diplomacy/Foreign Policy & the News Media.
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