We are pleased to announce a presentation by
Richard Payne-Holmes
External Political Unit Chief
(U.S. Embassy Warsaw)

U.S. Foreign Policy in Eastern and Central Europe

Thursday, June 4, 2020
at 4:00 p.m.

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The presentation will be streamed online. To attend, click the button below or enter meet.google.com/zmr-kido-gxq into your browser, and join the meeting. Keep your mic and camera off; once the Q&A starts, type your question into the chat box.


Richard Payne-Holmes joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 2009 after completing Master’s degrees in Russian Studies and Public Administration at Indiana University. He is the External Political Unit Chief at the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw. 

Prior to his assignment in Warsaw, Richard worked as Senior Human Rights Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia, Political Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Nuclear Non-Proliferation Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, and as a Consular Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. Richard also served in Washington, D.C. as the Department of State’s Kazakhstan Desk Officer and in the Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research.  He speaks Russian and some Polish and has Bachelor’s degrees in Russian and History from Brigham Young University.


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