U.S.-Spanish Relations in the 21st Century

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Jorge Dezcallar de Mazarrendo
Jorge Dezcallaro

Strengthening American diplomatic relations with long-time European allies was a priority of the Obama presidency. The ambassador of one of those close allies – Jorge Dezcallar, ambassador of Spain to the United States – presented the eighth annual Manatt-Phelps Lecture in Political Science on Oct. 26, 2009. His lecture, “U.S.-Spanish Relations in the 21st Century,” was presented in the Memorial Union Great Hall.

His Excellency Jorge Dezcallar de Mazarrendo
Former Ambassador of Spain to the United States

A member of the diplomatic corps since 1971, His Excellency Jorge Dezcallar served as Ambassador of Spain to the United States from 2008-2012.

He previously served as general-secretary of the International Strategy Council of Repsol (2006-08), ambassador to the Holy See and the Sovereign and Military Order of Malta (2004-06), director of the Superior Center of Defense Information and later the National Center of Intelligence (2001-04), as well as Spain’s ambassador to Morocco (1997-2001).

Jorge Dezcallar, left, with Charles and Kathleen Manatt.
Jorge Dezcallar, left, with Charles and Kathleen Manatt.

He additionally served in various posts in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including Special Mission Ambassador for Foreign Policy and Common Security (1996-97), General Director of Political Affairs (1993-96), General Director of Foreign Policy for Africa and the Middle East (1985-93), and Deputy General Director of North Africa and the Near and Middle East (1983-85).

Born in Palma de Majorca, Dezcallar is a law graduate with a degree in international studies from the Diplomatic School in Spain.

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