Ambassadors discuss country teams in InterAgency Brown-Bag Lecture

Retired Ambassadors David Lambertson and Patrick Moon gave the latest presentation in the InterAgency Brown-Bag Lecture Series, speaking about Ambassadorial Expectations and Country Team Operations on April 3. During their presentation Ambassadors Lambertson and Moon shared their experiences on Embassy Country Teams and discussed an Ambassador’s expectations of U.S. personnel and how Country Teams are structure and operate.

Lambertson, who served as the U.S. Ambassador to Thailand from 1991 to 1995, stated that the role of the ambassador is to “assert leadership in an informal way,” cultivating relationships through trust while maintaining communication between the embassy and Washington, DC. Lambertson went on to say that those working in an embassy should be aware of the differences between organizational cultures within the Country Team, and that the rules they learned on the playground as children still apply. “Don’t be a bully. Don’t be a pushover. Say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ … That same approach will serve you well in an embassy context.”

Moon served as the U.S. Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina from 2010 to 2013, and served as the Civilian Deputy to the Commander of U.S. European Command (EUCOM) from 2013 to 2015. During his presentation he discussed how he guided his team, including a mission statement that he wrote and distributed to the agencies that made up his team. Moon also talked about his work at EUCOM, which included facilitating interagency briefings that brought together agency leaders and ambassadors to learn about EUCOM’s role and the scope of what EUCOM was able to do.

This was the eighth presentation in the series, which is co-hosted by the CGSC Foundation’s Simons Center with the U.S. Army Command and General Staff School (CGSS). The InterAgency Brown-Bag Lecture Series is an extracurricular, interagency topic-focused series that is intended to help enrich the CGSS curriculum. The CGSC Foundation and the Simons Center have received support for all brown-bag lectures in academic year 2018 from First Command Financial Services in Leavenworth, Kansas. The presentations are scheduled each month, and a schedule for future InterAgency Brown-Bag Lectures can be found here. The next lecture is May 8 and will feature a presentation on the domain of Space and the challenges and opportunities in the national security realm it provides.

All lectures in the InterAgency Brown-Bag Lecture Series are free and open to the public. As the series moniker states, the lecture series is conducted in the traditional “brown-bag lunch” format. – Attendees are welcome to bring their own lunches into the conference room. Members of the public coming to the lectures from off-post will need to add extra time to check-in at the Fort Leavenworth visitor center. – For gate information, see the Fort Leavenworth homepage.

Ambassadors (Ret.) David Lambertson and Patrick Moon led a discussion on Ambassadorial Expectations and Country Team Operations on Apr. 3 at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.

For photos and video from the lecture, please follow the links below.
InterAgency Brown-Bag Lecture – Lecture 8, AY2018, Youtube
Ambassadorial Expectations and Country Team Operations, InterAgency Brown-Bag Lecture, Facebook
IABBLS-Amb-CountryTms (3APR18), Flickr

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