NEWS“Let the Sky be Your Limit!” Ambassador Talks Continue at RAU
02.06.2017
“Let the Sky be Your Limit! Ambassador Talks Continue at RAU
 
On May 23, Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Armenia Mr. Rafik Mansour visited Russian-Armenian University with a public lecture. As the series of Ambassador Talks continue, the high ranking diplomats of foreign missions in Armenia tell students about their experience of working on behalf of their governments and present their foreign policies worldwide and in Armenia.
 
Mr. Mansour started his lecture with the Armenian “Barev dzez” and said he was happy to interact with future professionals in international relations and diplomacy in Armenia and share his experience as a diplomat.
 
In his speech, Mr. Mansour described how aspiring diplomats pursue a career in diplomacy in the United States and revealed the U.S. Embassy’s main policy priorities in Armenia.
 
He presented the U.S. diplomatic system, which is open to any U.S. citizen between 21 and 59,5 years old who is able to pass a Foreign Service exam, not even requiring a bachelor's degree as prerequisite. At the same time, it was highlighted that the process is highly selective having only 1-2% of success rate among applicants to this free state exam. He also mentioned that American diplomats tend to spend 2/3 of their careers abroad and only 1/3 in Washington D.C., and confided that Armenia was the 9th country in the past 20 years, where he had served on a diplomatic mission.
 
Mr. Mansour has quite a diverse academic background - having studied Medicine and French Literature in college, he then took a Foreign Service exam and switched to diplomacy. “For me becoming a diplomat was fulfilling the American dream. I came to the United States at the age of 15 as an immigrant from Egypt and when I joined the U.S. Foreign Service at the age of 23 I was a U.S. citizen for only two years”.
 
What comes to the U.S. Embassy’s priorities in Armenia, the Deputy Ambassador named the core focuses: anticorruption policy, moving from aid to trade, development of civil society and promotion of human rights, as well as ensuring outreach on U.S. Foreign Policy.
 
Addressing the issue of corruption in Armenia, Mr. Mansour mentioned, “Any country in the world suffers from corruption, but it is how you address it, how you deal with it that matters. Most countries have excellent laws on paper, but their application is much trickier. It is important to address the issue, because corruption kills human potential. Armenians have great human potential, they tend to excel everywhere they go, but today there are twice more Armenians living outside of Armenia than inside. As you know, Armenians are known as among the best minds in IT, and I don’t think that it is a coincidence that the field is the least corrupted”. He also added that it is their highest desire to contribute to building an environment where Armenians will be able to excel in Armenia, as well.
 
Deputy Ambassador also highlighted that this year we are celebrating 25th Anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between Armenia and the United States, which was the first country to recognize the independence of the Republic of Armenia. “Throughout these years of partnership and cooperation, USAID only has invested around 1.1. billion USD in Armenia. This year we are also celebrating the 1000th Peace Corps volunteer serving in Armenia!”
 
The lecture ended with a Q&A session, during which RAU students seized the opportunity to ask thought-provoking questions. Mr. Mansour highlighted that the audience was well-prepared for the career in diplomacy and wished them luck, “Let the sky be your limit!
 
 
 
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“Let the Sky be Your Limit!” Ambassador Talks Continue at RAU
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“Let the Sky be Your Limit!” Ambassador Talks Continue at RAU
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