Ten years ago this month, a catastrophic magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck the country of Haiti, affecting an estimated three million people and taking over 200,000 lives. Originally aired in June 2018, Retired Ambassador Deborah McCarthy interviews Ambassador Ken Merten and Lieutenant General Ken Keen about the general devastation, the loss of team members, and the massive U.S. disaster relief effort to Haiti following the earthquake.
The interview is part of Ambassador McCarthy’s podcast series “The General and the Ambassador: A Conversation.” The podcast promotes interagency cooperation and is produced by the American Academy of Diplomacy.
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.
For more information about the podcast series, please follow the link below.
“The General and the Ambassador: A Conversation”, The American Academy of Diplomacy