University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations
January 16, 2009
Contact: Joy Washington, USA Public Relations, (251) 460-6640
Bureau of African Affairs Media and Outreach Coordinator to Speak at USA
Kenneth O. Simon  
Gregory Garland

Gregory Lawrence Garland, media and outreach coordinator for the U.S. State Department Bureau of African Affairs, will speak on “Working and Collaborating in Africa” on Friday, Jan. 30 at 4 p.m. in the USA Library Auditorium.

Co-sponsored by the Office of International Education and the international studies program at USA, the event is free and open to all students, faculty and staff, as well as the Mobile community.

From June to September of 2008, Garland coordinated U.S.-Zimbabwean relations in the aftermath of flawed and violent elections.

A career U.S. State Department Foreign Service Officer, he served overseas as Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Maputo, Mozambique, directed the U.S. Mission’s HIV/AIDS prevention activities and outreach to Mozambique’s churches and mosques, was Political-Economic Officer in Angola when four decades of civil war ended, and served in the Republic of Guinea in West Africa as Embassy Public Affairs Officer at a time of huge refugee inflows from the civil wars in neighboring Liberia and Sierra Leone.

He has also served in Warsaw, Poland, and in Mexico City and Tijuana, Mexico. His expertise encompasses the range of U.S.-Mexican border issues, including immigration, drug trafficking, economic development, trade, and helping to look after the more than 100,000 U.S. citizens living in Baja, Calif., to the south of Calif. He speaks Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Polish.

Garland is the author of “Nixon and Bunche Saw the Future of U.S-Africa Relations,” published in the May 2008 Foreign Service Journal and the Angolan news weekly, “O Angolense,” among other African publications.

He is currently working on an article tentatively titled, “Moneyball, the Voice of America, and American Soft Power in Africa,” in which he tells the story of the Voice of America’s pivotal role in building American credibility and prestige in sub-Saharan Africa.

In August 2009, Garland will begin an assignment at the National Defense Intelligence University, where he will research and write a study of U.S. soft power in sub-Saharan Africa.

For more information on Garland’s lecture or the study abroad/international programs in Africa, contact the USA Office of International Education at (251) 460-7053 or

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