The latest episode of “The General and the Ambassador: A Conversation” features host Ambassador (Ret.) Deborah McCarthy with Colonel Keith Felter and Ambassador Robert Cekuta. The three discuss the relationship between the U.S. and Azerbaijan, the key location of Azerbaijan, the roles of Iran and Russia, Israel and the local Jewish community, the Nagorno-Karabakh dispute, and more.
Ambassador Cekuta served as Ambassador to the Republic of Azerbaijan from 2015 to 2018. Deeply engaged in advancing high-profile international energy projects, trade policy initiatives and agreements, commercial sales, and other complex international security matters, Amb. Cekuta’s positions in the State Department included Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Resources as well as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy, Sanctions, and Commodities.
Colonel Keith N. Felter Jr., assumed the duties of United States Senior Defense Official and Defense Attaché to Finland in 2018. Prior to this assignment, Col. Felter was the Senior Defense Official and Defense Attaché in Baku, Azerbaijan. Felter also previously served as the Executive Officer to the Commander of the United States Air Force Expeditionary Center and as Chief of the Joint Innovation and Experimentation Division while with United States Pacific Command.
Podcast producer and host Ambassador (retired) Deborah McCarthy was the 2018 DACOR Visiting Professor of Diplomacy for the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC). The DACOR Visiting Professor of Diplomacy Program is conducted in partnership with the Diplomatic and Consular Officers, Retired, Inc. (DACOR) organization located in Washington D.C., and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College Foundation. Several times a year retired senior officials, usually Ambassadors with extensive diplomatic experience, come to Fort Leavenworth to interact with the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College students and faculty to provide a Department of State and Chief of Mission perspective to the curriculum. During their visit they also interact with area universities and civic organizations discussing policy, regional, and political expertise, as well as speaking about careers in the Foreign Service.
“The General and the Ambassador: A Conversation” podcast promotes interagency cooperation and is produced by the American Academy of Diplomacy.
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The U.S. & Azerbaijan: The Role of Geography with Colonel Keith Felter and Ambassador Robert Cekuta