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Ambassador Gary Grappo: Saudi Arabia's Relationship with Gulf State Neighbors

  • 07 Jun 2016
  • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • The University Club. 1673 Sherman St. Denver, CO 80203


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Presented with

Ambassador Gary Grappo

Event Details

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm: Networking Reception with Hors d'oeuvres & Cash Bar

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm: Presentation & Audience Q+A


The University Club offers free parking after 5:00pm at the ABM self-park lot. Map here.


About Ambassador Gary Grappo

Ambassador Grappo is a retired career American diplomat. His diplomatic postings included Nicaragua, Portugal, Jordan, Oman (twice), Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Jerusalem and several in Washington, D.C., and are marked by some of the late 20th and early 21st centuries most difficult foreign policy challenges, from Nicaragua and the “Contra” War to the fall of the Soviet Union and the many crises of the Middle East. The latter include:

  • Post-9/11 actions to combat Middle East terrorism.
  • Establishment of the State Department’s hallmark Mideast assistance program, the Middle East Partnership Initiative.
  • Re-building of US-Saudi ties after 9/11.
  • Negotiations to implement a Free Trade Agreement.
  • Leadership of the super-sized political affairs division at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, Iraq.
  • Coordination of efforts to help resolve the Mideast’s most enduring struggle, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

An Arabic speaker, he served as:

  • US ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman.
  • Head of Mission of the Office of the Quartet Representative, the Honorable Tony Blair, in Jerusalem.
  • Minister Counselor for Political Affairs in Baghdad, Iraq.
  • Charge’ and Deputy Chief of Mission in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • Director of Regional Affairs of the Near East Bureau of the Department of State in Washington.

Gary Grappo is now CEO of Equilibrium International Consulting, LLC, having founded the company following a distinguished career in public and foreign policy and in the private sector.

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