The Alaska World Affairs Council Presents

Ambassador Charles Snyder
Former Ambassador to the Republic of Ghana


“Drugs and Thugs: State Department’s role in Battling Narcotics and Crime”

Friday, 16th September, 2011 – Hilton Hotel
Doors open at 11:30 a.m. – Program begins at 12:00 p.m.
For Reservations
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to the Alaska World Affairs Council
by telephone 276-8038 or
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Lunch Program $25 for Members – $30 for Non-Members – $15 for Coffee and Dessert

Charles Snyder is the Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement. Prior to this position he was the U.S. Senior Representative on Sudan, he also served as Acting Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs (November 2003-June 2004). He has also served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for African Affairs (2001-2003), acting as policy point person for the Sudan Peace Initiative, framing policy toward Central Africa, and managing policy planning and budget programming for the State Department’s Bureau of African Affairs (AF). From 1995-2001, he served as Director of the Office of Regional Affairs in the AF bureau, where he supported the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs on a wide-range of crosscutting policy and program issues, such as democracy, conflict resolution, human rights, labor, multilateral organizations, public affairs, congressional affairs, and crisis management.

Snyder served in the Senior Intelligence Service at the CIA as National Intelligence Officer for Africa from 1992 until April 1995. He retired from the U.S. Army in 1991 after 22 years of service. During the closing years of that career, he served as Senior Political-Military Advisor to State’s Africa Bureau. He served as military advisor on the team which mediated the Tripartite Agreement between Cuba, Angola, and South Africa; led the team that established the Joint Military Monitoring Commission which implemented the ceasefire along the Angola-Namibia border; chaired he military discussions supporting the Portuguese mediation of the Angolan Civil War; and led the U.S. technical team supporting the successful Italian effort to negotiate an end to the Mozambican Civil War.

He received a B. A. in Economics from Fordham University, an M.B.A. in International Finance from American University, and conducted additional post-graduate work in International Relations at Catholic and Howard Universities. He is a Fellow of the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Societies, a Distinguished Visiting Lecturer of the Foreign Service Institute, and a life member of the African Studies Association.