"US-Libya Relations: Surviving the Wikileaks Controversy?"
A Discussion with Amb. David Mack, Middle East Institute and Charles Dittrich, US-Libya Business Association
Thursday, February 10, 2011, 12:00-1:15 pm, Middle East Institute, 1761 N St., NW
Washington DC 20036
US-Libya Business Association Honorary Chairman Amb. David Mack and Executive Director Charles Dittrich and traveled to Libya for five days in mid-December. They met with Libyan government officials, Libyan private business leaders and representatives of American companies working in the country. They will share impressions regarding the political and economic climate in Libya and the implications for both overall US-Libyan relations and the prospects for American business interests. Chuck Dittrich, who is also a Vice President of the National Foreign Trade Council, has extensive experience in promoting U.S. business around the world, especially in the Middle East and North Africa region. David Mack, a former diplomat and current MEI Scholar, has been a close observer of Libyan-US relations since 1969.
Bio: Amb. David Mack served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs from 1990 to 1993, and as US Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates from 1986 to 1989. His diplomatic assignments included Iraq, Jordan, Jerusalem, Lebanon, Libya and Tunisia. Amb.Mack has also been a consultant for numerous private US and Arab companies. Mack has extensive experience and knowledge on Iraq and Libya, particularly the Iraqi Reconstruction effort and US-Libyan relations. Amb. Mack received the President's meritorious and distinguished service awards, the latter for work during the Gulf War with Iraq, and the State Department's meritorious, superior and distinguished honor awards. Mack was born in 1940 in Portland, Oregon and was educated in Colorado and Oregon public schools. He holds a BA from Harvard University in Government and an MA in Middle East Studies), and was a Fulbright Scholar at the American University in Cairo.
Charles (Chuck) Dittrich is the Executive Director of the US-Libya Business Association and is also Vice President, Regional Trade Initiatives, for the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC), responsible for determining and advocating policy positions, creating lobbying strategies, and managing trade policy issues. He has directed the NFTC's U.S.-Middle East Free Trade Coalition since its inception and has led the Council's advocacy and outreach efforts to press for passage and implementation of free trade agreements with Bahrain, Morocco and Oman. He has spent over 20 years at the nexus of business and government policy, working with domestic and foreign corporations and governments on trade issues concerning Europe, Russia, Southeast Asia, Japan, Africa and the Middle East. Prior to joining the NFTC, Chuck was Senior Vice President of a DC-based firm consulting on international business, investment and technology licensing issues. His tenure at the US Department of Commerce included serving as Chief of Staff to the Director General of the US & Foreign Commercial Service, Assistant Director of EXPORT NOW in the Office of the Secretary of Commerce, coordinating this presidential initiative to increase U.S. exports and as an international trade specialist in microelectronics.
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