Ambassador Robert Oakley is the troubleshooter U.S.
presidents have relied on when America's role in calming world
hot spots called for the greatest skill.
The most recent example came when President George Bush
asked Ambassador Oakley to serve as U.S. Special Envoy to
Somalia in an effort to save the African nation from starvation
Ambassador Oakley was already nationally known as a skilled
diplomat as a result of his three years as U.S. Ambassador to
Pakistan during the time that the Mujahideen fought the
Soviet-installed regime in Afghanistan.
He had also served previously as U.S. Ambassador to Zaire
and to Somalia, so was certainly no stranger to Africa. Other
overseas postings included Sudan, Ivory Coast, Vietnam, Paris,
and strife-torn Beirut.
Ambassador Oakley is a fellow of the Carnegie Endowment
for International Peace and a recipient of several high awards for
his service to the country.
Ambassador Oakley speaks at 4:00 p.m. in Mary Pickford