Ambassador Vicki Huddleston
“Our Woman in Havana” is the title of a talk by former Ambassador Vicki Huddleston slated for 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 7 at Mesa Public Library.
Sponsored by the AAUW of Los Alamos, the talk is based on her years “as one of America’s top Cuba hands”. She will address events such as the Elian Gonzalez custody saga and the post-9/11 decision to use Guantanamo as a prison for terror suspects.
Huddleston’s talk promises to be interesting with everything from stories of spies to an argument she had with Fidel Castro at a cocktail party.
Huddleston managed American policy toward Cuba as the coordinator of Cuban Affairs under Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton from 1989 to 1993 at the State Department in Washington, D.C. Six years later from 1999 to 2002, she led the diplomatic mission to Havana, under Clinton and George W. Bush.
Her diplomatic career has spanned two continents and two government agencies. She was ambassador to Mali and to Madagascar and acting ambassador to Ethiopia. During the Obama administration, she served as deputy assistant Secretary of Defense, where she was responsible for policy guidance to the Secretary of Defense and the African Command.
Now living in Santa Fe, Huddleston provides media commentary on both Cuba and Africa, with her opinion pieces appearing in The New York Times, Miami Herald and Washington Post.
AAUW Los Alamos is sponsoring Huddleston’s talk.