One of the Foreign Service's most distinguished Africanists, Ambassador Carson has played a major role in assisting Kenya through a remarkably successful political transition. His address will focus on this transition – its meaning for Kenya and for Africa, and for American policy.

Prior to his most recent Kenyan assignment, Ambassador Carson served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Africa. He also has served as Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Ambassador to Uganda, and Deputy Chief of Mission in Botswana.

In the aftermath of the Cold War, Ambassador Carson re-established an American diplomatic mission in Mozambique. In the 1980s, on leave from the Foreign Service, he served for more than four years as Chief of Staff to the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa.