JACKSONVILLE—Three-time ambassador J. Stapleton Roy, who has more than 45 years of diplomatic experience with the U.S. Department of State, will present a lecture, “Diplomacy in the Age of Terrorism,” at the University of North Florida on April 1.
The lecture, which is sponsored by UNF and the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville, will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the University Center. The lecture is free, however, tickets will be required for admission to the event. For more information contact the UNF Ticket box Office at 620-2878.
Roy retired from the foreign service in January 2001 after serving as ambassador to Singapore (1984 – ‘86), the People’s Republic of China (1991 –’95) and Indonesia (1996-‘99). In 1996, he was promoted to the rank of career ambassador, the highest rank in the foreign service. Roy’s final post with the State Department was as assistant secretary for intelligence and research.
Fluent in Chinese, Roy also specialized in Soviet affairs and served in Moscow at the height of the Cold War. Before taking up Russian studies, he was one of the first two foreign service officers to study Mongolian.
After retiring from the State Department, Roy joined Kissinger Associates, Inc., a strategic consulting firm, as managing director. He works from offices in New York City and Washington, DC. He is on the Boards of Freeport McMoRan Copper&Gold, Phillips Petroleum Company, and Gifts in Kind International. He also serves on the Council of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center and on the Boards of the Asia Foundation, the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, and the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University.
Roy was born in Nanjing, China of American parents. In 1956 he graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University, where he majored in history and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He is married to the former Elissandra Fiore and has three sons.
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