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Former US ambassador to Cairo Ricciardone named AUC president

The new president of the American University in Cairo, Francis J. Ricciardone, served as the US ambassador to Egypt from 2005 to 2008

Ahram Online , Thursday 3 Mar 2016
Former U.S ambassador Ricciardone (Photo:Reuters)
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The board of trustees of the American University in Cairo (AUC) announced on Thursday the appointment of former US ambassador to Egypt Francis J. Ricciardone as the new university president.

Ricciardone currently serves as vice president and director of the Rafik Hariri Centre for the Middle East at the US-based Atlantic Council. 

Before joining the council, Ricciardone served as the US ambassador to Turkey from 2011 to 2014, chargé d’ affaires and deputy ambassador to Afghanistan from 2009 to 2010, and the ambassador to Egypt from 2005 to 2008.

He also served as ambassador to the Philippines and Palau from 2002 to 2005.

According to the statement issued by AUC on Thursday, Ricciardone will assume office as AUC’s 12th president on 1 July 2016.

Ricciardone can speak and read Arabic, Italian, Turkish and French, as well as basic Farsi.  

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04-03-2016 08:35pm
US soft power (after "bloody" hard power failed, temporarily).
With such a political savvy in such an academic institute, I hope the US' intention is not brain-washing Arab students by Ameican values to serve America's unipolar world hegemony (as it did with young royal family members in Gulf countries). What have the Russian and Chinses universities in Egypt done yet? Where are their world-class political centers? Just naming the Atlantic Center's division for the Middle East after a US-Saudi ally, Rafiq Hariri, says a lot.
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