David Rank, the former acting U.S. ambassador to China, will discuss and answer questions about his experiences in government, his decision to resign, and the current state of the U.S. State Department on Friday, July 14 at the La Follette School of Public Affairs. Rank's presentation, The Foreign Service in the Age of Trump: A Conversation with David Rank, begins at 2 p.m. in the La Follette School's conference room, 1225 Observatory Drive.
After 27 years in diplomacy, Rank resigned as the senior U.S. diplomat in China in protest of President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord. He previously served in several senior positions with the State Department, including special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan and counselor for political affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.
A graduate of the University of Illinois and Iowa State University, Rank received the Distinguished Honor Award for his role in the safe return of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl after five years of militant captivity, the Sinclaire Award from the American Foreign Service Association, and the Superior Honor Award on numerous occasions, including for his role in opening the U.S. Consulate in Wuhan, China. The Distinguished Honor Award is the State Department's highest recognition.