U.S. Foreign Policy Challenges and Opportunities in the Middle East and North Africa

Please join the International Public Service Association (IPSA) and the Wagner Policy Alliance (WPA) for a discussion with Aaron D. Snipe, who is a career member of the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service and currently serves as Spokesperson for the Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (NEA). In his capacity as Spokesperson, Aaron speaks extensively to the U.S., regional, and international press to explain U.S. policy in the Middle East, particularly on Iran, Iraq, the Middle East Peace Process, and Syria. Aaron’s most recent Foreign Service assignments include two tours in Iraq where he served as the Public Diplomacy Officer (PDO) and Spokesperson for the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Muthanna Province from 2008 to 2009, and as the Deputy Spokesperson at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad where he coordinated the U.S. Government's civilian media and messaging efforts in Iraq from 2010 to 2011. Prior to his Iraq service, Aaron worked in the State Department's Office of Iranian Affairs where he worked with the Department’s Press Office, as well as with Western and foreign media organizations, to coordinate U.S. government policy messaging on Iran. Aaron also worked as a Watch Officer in the Department's Executive Secretariat Operations Center where he routinely briefed the Secretary of State and other senior department officials. In addition to his work in the Middle East and Washington, Aaron also served as a Consular/Political-Economic Officer at the United States Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 2003 to 2005. Aaron is a graduate of Emerson College and Suffolk University Law School, and speaks Arabic and some Japanese.