Speaker discusses African foreign policy and foreign service
Published: March 5, 2007

RobertDanceA U.S. diplomat encouraged law students on the Delaware campus to consider careers in the foreign service during a speech he gave Thursday, March 1 in the Ruby R. Vale Moot Courtroom.

Robert L. Dance, deputy director of public diplomacy in the Bureau of African Affairs at the U.S. State Department, spent about an hour discussing U.S. foreign policy in Africa, HIV/AIDS in Africa, Darfur and what life is like for diplomats in the state department. "My job as a diplomat is to go out and represent what I think, I hope, are the best things about the United States," he said.

Dance applauded the Bush Administration's work in Africa and said the White House has been the biggest donor of food to the continent and has put forth serious financial aid to combat malaria - a disease that kills far more people than HIV/AIDS in Africa, although the latter often gets more publicity.

"No matter what we think about what is happening in the Middle East, this administration has done more than any other for Africa," Dance said.

Dance explained security, governance, economic self-sufficiency and health are all among America's top priorities for Africa. Dance's visit was presented by the RobertDance2Widener University School of Law and its International Law Society in conjunction with the Delaware chapter of People to People International.

Photo 1: Speaker Robert Dance
Photo 2: from left, Edward L. Tucker, president of the Delaware chapter of People to People International, Carl Hutter of Intracon International Trade Consultants Inc., speaker Robert Dance of the U.S. State Department Bureau of African Affairs and Widener Law Professor J. Patrick Kelly.