Former US ambassador, Bangor native to speak at Husson

Bangor native and U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela Patrick Duddy speaks to the Bangor Foreign Policy Forum at the Bangor Public Library in June 2008. Duddy said that a surprising number of Venezuelans have heard of or know people who have been to Maine.
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Bangor native and U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela Patrick Duddy speaks to the Bangor Foreign Policy Forum at the Bangor Public Library in June 2008. Duddy said that a surprising number of Venezuelans have heard of or know people who have been to Maine.
Posted Sept. 19, 2011, at 2:48 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Bangor native and former U.S. ambassador Patrick Duddy will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, in the Gracie Theatre at Husson University.

Duddy’s speech, “Is the Monroe Doctrine Still Relevant — Adapting U.S. Policy to a New Reality,” will discuss the 1823 declaration by President James Monroe that the United States would not tolerate a European colonization in the Americas and its implications in the 21st century.

Duddy, 61, of Chapel Hill, N.C., is a visiting lecturer on international studies at Duke University in Durham, N.C., and one of the nation’s most knowledgeable Latin American specialists. His broad experience includes trade, energy, public affairs and crisis management.

During the George W. Bush administration, Duddy served from August 2007 to September 2008 as ambassador to Venezuela. Duddy was expelled by Venezeulan President Hugo Chavez and eight months later returned for a one-year stay when the Obama administration restored diplomatic relations with Venezuela.

Before those assignments, Duddy served as deputy assistant secretary of state for the Western Hemisphere. In this capacity he was directly responsible for the Office of Economic Policy and Summit Coordination, which included the hemispheric energy portfolio, as well of the Offices of Brazil-Southern Cone Affairs and of Caribbean Affairs. During his tenure, Duddy played a lead role in coordinating U.S. support for the restoration of democracy in Haiti.

A career member of the Senior Foreign Service holding the personal rank of minister counselor, Duddy has also served in Brazil, Bolivia, Panama, Paraguay, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic and Chile.

Duddy received his undergraduate degree from Colby College and a master’s degree from Northeastern University in Boston. He is also a graduate of the National War College, where he received a master’s degree in national security strategy.

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