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Discussion: Roundtable on UNC Partnership with the American Academy of Diplomacy and ‘The General and the Ambassador’ Podcast

March 26, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs will host a virtual roundtable on Friday, March 26 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. to discuss a new partnership with the American Academy of Diplomacy and the podcast, The General and the Ambassador. This partnership is part of an initiative to strengthen the study of the practice of diplomacy at UNC-Chapel Hill. Faculty at Carolina are incorporating the podcast content into courses, with an opportunity for faculty and students to also inform the content of future podcasts.

Vice Provost Barbara Stephenson, leading this collaboration for UNC-Chapel Hill, and Ambassador Deborah McCarthy, producer of the podcast, will host a roundtable discussion about ways to engage in this partnership. Stephenson and McCarthy will be joined by Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld, senior associate dean for social sciences and global programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, and Katie Bowler Young, interim senior director for Global Partnership and Programs, who are working with faculty on curriculum integration and organizing curriculum development grants. Faculty incorporating the podcast series into their courses this semester will also share their experiences.

Advance registration for this event is required.

This event is sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs and the College of Arts & Sciences.


The American Academy of Diplomacy (AAD) and UNC-Chapel Hill are collaborating on the production of The General and the Ambassador, a well-recognized podcast series that focuses on how senior U.S. military leaders partner with senior U.S. ambassadors on national security challenges overseas. UNC Global, through the partnership of the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs and the College of Arts & Sciences, is partnering with the AAD on this project as part of a wider initiative to strengthen UNC’s capacity for educating students about the practice and theory of U.S. diplomacy and to expand UNC’s digital learning platforms. The series covers U.S. engagement in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Horn of Africa, Greece, Russia, Georgia, the Philippines, Japan, South Korea, Haiti, Latin America and more.

Watch this introductory video on the series.


Photo of Ambassador Deborah McCarthyAmbassador Deborah McCarthy is an expert on U.S. foreign and national security policy with over 30 years of diplomatic experience. She was the U.S. Ambassador to Lithuania 2013-2016.

Currently, she is a senior fellow at Harvard University. Previously she was a visiting fellow at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs. During her diplomatic career, Ambassador McCarthy served as the deputy US ambassador in Greece and in Nicaragua. In Washington, she was the principal deputy assistant secretary of state for Economic and Business Affairs, deputy assistant secretary for Narcotics and Law Enforcement, senior advisor for Counter Terrorism and Special Coordinator for Venezuela. Other diplomatic postings include Montréal, Rome, the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

Ambassador McCarthy received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Virginia and a joint master’s degree in economics and foreign service from Georgetown University. She serves on the Board of the American Academy of Diplomacy and is a Trustee of the Command and General Staff College Foundation. She is a member of the Advisory Council for the master’s program in Foreign Service at Georgetown University.


March 26, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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