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Title: Event | A Conversation with Deputy Assistant Secretary Gabriel Escobar

Join us for a conversation with Deputy Assistant Secretary Gabriel Escobar, who will share his insights on diversity at State and offer advice for a successful career in foreign policy.

The Diverse Diplomacy Leaders Speaker Series connects current and former career Foreign and Civil Service Officers with those considering or entering careers in foreign policy. This event is brought to you as part of an Una Chapman Cox Foundation project on American Diplomacy and the Foreign Service.

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Gabriel Escobar serves in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs as the Deputy Assistant Secretary overseeing policy towards the countries of the Western Balkans and the Office of Press and Public Diplomacy. Previously, he served as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade. His leadership positions in the Department of State include Economic Minister Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad; Coordinator for Cuban Affairs in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs from 2017-2018; Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in La Paz, Bolivia from 2014-2017; Consul General at the U.S. Consulate General in Peshawar, Pakistan from 2013-2014; and Team Leader of the U.S. Provincial Reconstruction Team in Kirkuk, Iraq from 2009-2010.

A career diplomat, Escobar has been awarded the State Department’s Superior Honor Award six times and the Meritorious Honor Award once. He has also been awarded the Department of State’s Expeditionary Service Award and the Department of the Army Superior Civilian Service Award.  Escobar is a graduate of Columbia University in New York and Cathedral High School in El Paso, Texas. He speaks Spanish, Russian, Italian, Serbian, Croatian, Czech, and Portuguese.