U.S. Foreign Service Member Chats with Students

Miles Munkacy, Executive Editor

Brian Neubert, a career member of the U.S. Foreign Service, recently spoke with students during Upper School lunch about current affairs and his experience as a diplomat.

In his 21 years in the Foreign Service, Neubert has served in locations across the world, including Hong Kong, Johannesburg, and Ho Chi Minh City. 

Deputy Chief of Mission for Somalia Brian Neubert. Photo by David Cutler.

He is currently serving as Deputy Chief of Mission for Somalia, and spoke from the U.S. Embassy in Mogadishu.

Neubert commented on topics ranging from U.S. politics to societal issues.

He spoke about the recent trends in U.S. politics against globalization, arguing “no matter how you think of America first, we have to engage with the world.”

When asked about the issue of female genital mutilation in Somali communities, he condemned the practice.

“There is no defense of female mutilation and cutting,” Neubert said. “Our position is that it’s a violation of the rights of girls and women. It’s barbaric. We do not tolerate it.”

Tristan Durocher ’21, a member of the Global Studies Diploma Program, found the talk informative.

“I learned so much about U.S. foreign policy in Somalia and how we as a country are solving problems globally,” Durocher said.

Global Diplomacy teacher Nicole Rudolph felt similarly. 

“I appreciated Mr. Neubert’s generosity with his time and expertise, as well as his perspective on using diplomacy, aid, and partnership as a means to avoid future conflicts from escalating into war and violence,” Rudolph said.