Colorado Foothills World Affairs Council

Joanne H. Cummings

The Middle East : One Hundred Years, Past and Future

Events held at:

Mt. Vernon Country Club

24933 Clubhouse Circle

Golden, CO


A delicious buffet dinner is available beginning at 6:00 p.m., for $20.61, which includes desert, coffee, tax and tip.  If you’d like to have an option dinner, call 303.526.0616 with your name and the number of guests.

Dinner at 6PM

Program at 7:30

Joanne H. Cummings is a career Foreign Service Officer in the Department of State and has served extensively in the Middle East and North Africa. Daughter of a Foreign Service family, she was raised in Lebanon, Iran, and Saudi Arabia.  She has worked in Iraq, Afghanistan, Jerusalem, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Cyprus, and Syria, and as well as regionally from Morocco through Pakistan.  Ms. Cummings has served in economic, political, military, and refugee affairs positions in Baghdad and elsewhere. She has twice served as POLAD (Foreign Policy Advisor) to military commanders in Iraq and Afghanistan.  After serving as Economic Section Chief in Syria, she served a similar position in Yemen as Political/Economic Counselor. She has lived through, and served in, a variety of stress and conflict environments. She was evacuated from Syria. 

Ms. Cummings was born in Lincoln, Nebraska before moving overseas with her parents and sister when she was two years old.  She was graduated summa cum laude in History from the American University in Beirut.  She received her MA in Geography from the University of Texas at Austin. She speaks Arabic fluently (Lebanese, Egyptian, Saudi, and Iraqi dialects) and French. She is also familiar with Spanish, Hebrew, Farsi, and Kurdish.


Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 7:30 pm

Upcoming speakers, 2015

February 17: Christine Fair

March 17: TR Reid

April 21: Edward Alden

May 19: Orville Schell