Diplomacy on the World Stage - 2013 Hostetter DeFries EventPosted by Paula Paine on March 18, 2014 in This year’s Hostetter-DeFries Family Endowed Cultural Event featured former Norwegian ambassador and Ottawa University graduate Arman Aardal. He was on campus on November 20 and 21 to give two presentations: “Diplomacy – What is it and Who Needs it?” and “We Can All Make a Difference.” In the presentations, Aardal discussed the struggles, successes and lasting friendships he encountered throughout his journey on the world stage. Both presentations were held in the Fredrikson Chapel.
Aardal graduated from Ottawa University in 1970 with a B.A. in Political Science. He then completed his graduate studies in international relations at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
After finishing his military service in His Majesty’s Royal Guards (Norway), Aardal worked two years at the Oslo office of The Associated Press. Upon completing his foreign officer training program in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he was posted to the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, where he was deputy chief of mission and acting ambassador. During this tenure, he was also officer-in-charge for Ethiopia and Uganda. Later assignments brought him to the Permanent Mission of Norway to the United Nations in New York, and then back to Kenya as permanent representative of Norway to The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN HABITAT). In the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Oslo, he served in various positions in the Department for United Nations Affairs. His final assignment abroad was as Norway’s ambassador to the State of Eritrea.
Aardal’s presentations can be viewed here and read in full here.
The Hostetter-DeFries Family Endowed Cultural Fund was established in 1999 by Ottawa University alumna Alice Jo (Hostetter) DeFries. The goal of the fund and annual cultural event is to host guest speakers who have contributed significantly to the social, artistic and cultural improvement of society.