Vicki Huddleston discusses The United States and Africa: A Chance for Change as part of American Foreign Policy: Leadership and Dialogue during the 2008 Chautauqua Institution morning lecture series.
Amb. Vicki Huddleston
Vicki Huddleston is a visiting fellow at Brookings Institution (where she is a member of the Cuba Study Group) and a commentator for NBC Universal. She recently completed fifteen months as the acting American Ambassador in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
She has served as Ambassador to Mali and Madagascar, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Africa. She has also had extensive experience with Cuba, having served as Chief of Mission at the United States Interests Section in Havana and as Director and Deputy Director of Cuban Affairs at the Department of State.
In Ethiopia she advanced democracy by initiating a dialogue between the Government and opposition parties, and was instrumental in formulating American policy toward Ethiopia and Somalia. In Mali she advocated countering terrorist movements in the Sahara by helping isolated villagers build wells, schools and clinics. While Deputy Assistant Secretary she formulated policies that contributed to the peace settlement in Sierra Leone.
As our chief diplomat in Havana she established an "Outreach" program that through engagement and contact help created the conditions for the "Cuban Spring" of 2002. While Deputy Chief of Mission in Haiti she acted as operational liaison during the 1994 deployment of U.S. and multinational forces.
Upon retiring Huddleston spent a semester as a Fellow at the Institute of Politics of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she organized a seminar on "Perceptions of U.S. Policy in Developing Countries".
She has received the Department of State's Distinguished Honor Award, the President's Meritorious Service Award, and the Secretary’s Career Achievement Award.