AddThis Share1David [email protected] — (March 8, 2012) — François Delattre, ambassador of the French Republic to the United States, will speak March 16 on new opportunities for trans-Atlantic diplomacy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.Who: François Delattre, the French ambassador to the United States.What: Lecture on “New Opportunities in the France-U.S. and Trans-Atlantic Partnership.”When: Friday, March 16, at 6 p.m.Where: Rice University, Baker Hall’s Kelly International Conference Facility, 6100 Main St.François Delattre, ambassador of the French Republic to the United StatesDelattre was appointed ambassador to the United States in February 2011. He previously served as ambassador to Canada (2008-2011), consul general in New York (2004-2008) and press and communications director at the Embassy of France in Washington, D.C. (1998-2002).Before becoming the foreign minister’s deputy chief of staff (2002-2004), he monitored defense issues as well as European and trans-Atlantic security concerns, including the Bosnia crisis, as a member of President Jacques Chirac’s foreign policy team (1995-1998). Delattre was responsible for these same portfolios as a staffer for Foreign Minister Alain Juppé (1993-1995), following two years at the Department of Strategic Affairs and Disarmament at the Quai d’Orsay (1991-1993).Earlier in his career, he served at the French Embassy in Bonn, Germany (1989-1991), where he was in charge of environmental issues and Germany’s economic integration following the country’s reunification.The event is by invitation only but open to the news media. It will be webcast here.Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to David Ruth at [email protected] or 713-348-6327.-30-Founded in 1993, the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in Houston ranks among the top 20 university-affiliated think tanks globally and top 30 think tanks in the United States. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute sponsors more than 20 programs that conduct research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows and Rice University scholars. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog.